Timpilis, Dimitris | Greek Mathematics | Theatre
Dimitris Timpilis has been teaching Mathematics at Archimedean Upper Conservatory (AUC) since 2014. In 2019 he was selected, by The National Society of High School Scholars, as a “Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction,” for excellence in teaching and for the encouragement of and dedication to the academic success of students at AUC.
He received his education in Greece, and he has a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Mathematics from the University of Patras, with specialization in Mathematics Education, History, and Philosophy of Mathematics. He has a Master of Arts (Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian) in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (HPST) from the University of Athens (UOA) and National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). For two years he was a Ph.D. student in Social History of Mathematics at the UOA and NTUA before leaving for the US. His previous teaching experience includes ten years as a mathematics teacher at Praxis Private Preparatory School in Athens, and sixteen years as a private mathematics tutor for high school and university students. In 2013 he was the co-designer and co-instructor, along with his doctoral advisor, of the graduate course “Mathematical Modeling: Social and Cultural History” at the Department of HPST at UOA and NTUA. From 2006 to 2010 he organized and directed, as a volunteer, the “Club of Infinity,” a study and discussion group comprised of twelfth-grade students and university students majoring in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, and Economics. The topics of research and discussion included the notion of Infinity in Mathematics and Science, Intuitionist Mathematics, the Foundations of Mathematics, History, and Philosophy of Mathematics, and the Sociology of Scientific and Mathematical Knowledge.
His primary objective when teaching mathematics is to help his students develop their critical thinking and be able to demonstrate this ability in the social sphere. It is his conviction that the mathematical way of thinking, deductive reasoning, is the bedrock of logic, science, philosophy, and democracy.
Since 2016, Dimitris Timpilis has also been teaching Theatre at AUC. He has a professional certificate in Acting from the Contemporary Theatre of Athens Drama School and a professional certificate in Theatre Direction from the Experimental Stage of the National Theatre of Greece. He also has several college credits in Film Direction from New York College in Athens, Greece. He has worked as a professional actor and performed at the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, National Theatre of Greece, and other theatre stages. He has also worked as a professional director in theatre productions (National Theatre of Greece, Municipal Regional Theatre of Patras, Embros Theatre, et al.), and as an actor and assistant director in short and feature-length films.
When teaching theatre, his objective, besides for students to learn the art of theatre, is to facilitate his students’ confidence. Theatre is enabling them to address an audience and express their opinion publicly. His students learn how to work as part of a team, be leaders, and also implement their organizational skills, imagination, and creativity. Finally, the students learn how to understand the human affairs presented on stage, or happening in real life, by placing them in their historical and sociocultural context.
Furthermore, Dimitris Timpilis was a professional comics artist (script, drawing, and color), was published in various books and magazines, and participated in comics exhibitions in Greece, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Italy. His work includes “Dog Tales” (2005-2007), a comic book series of stories about the ancient Greek cynic philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, and “Hotel Infinity” (2008-2009) that was inspired by the paradoxes related to the use of the notion of Infinity in Mathematics, Science, Philosophy, and Theology. Both comic book series was published in 9; a comics supplement magazine in the Saturday edition of Eleftherotypia, a, then, major daily Greek newspaper.