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Remember you will die. And when you die, you won't think of your family. You won't think of your friends, or your career or the way the land looks when sun sets behind the mountains. You'll think of the day we beat another team at sports!

Ms. Tench was the former Prufrock Preparatory School gym teacher.


Miss Tench was a gym teacher at Prufrock Preparatory School. Vice Principal Nero says she "accidentally fell out of a third-story window a few days ago." It is unclear if she died, or if she survived with bad injuries. Until Nero could find another gym teacher, he instructed the children just to run around as fast as they could at gym time.

She was replaced by Count Olaf (disguised as Coach Genghis). He most likely was the one who pushed her as a means of obtaining access to the Baudelaires.[1]

TV Series Divergent Canon

Ms. Tench is portrayed by Bronwen Smith in Season 2 of the TV series adaptation.

Ms. Tench is on her way to an away game in the Prufrock Preparatory School bus with her whole sports team and is delivering a long and dramatic speech to her students when the Bus Driver informs her that there is someone on the road in front of them. The bus stops and Ms. Tench angrily allows the person, Larry Your-Waiter, into the bus after he tells her he needs to get to Prufrock straight away after his catering truck had broken down.

The bus turns around and Ms. Tench starts to continue her speech until the bus comes to a sudden and unexpected stop, and the driver states that they must have blown a tire. Ms. Tench declares that she will fix it, as she was "coach of the year, Berlin, '39". She walks outside but is greeted with the sight of a hook impaled in one of the tires, and is confused until Count Olaf appears behind her with his troupe. The Hook-Handed Man, one of Olaf's henchmen, says he'll take back the hook, and the troupe hijack the bus. It is mentioned by another of Olaf's associates that both Ms. Tench and the Bus Driver were crying as they threw them off the bus.

It is unclear what happened to her and the team, as Nero mentions that they mysteriously vanished.[2]


  • Ms. Tench, Mr. Remora and Mrs. Bass are named after fish, because a group of fish is called a school.
  • In the Netflix series Ms.Tench says she once was 'coach of the Year, Berlin, '39'. Berlin, '39 is a movie about a lesbian relationship so it's possible Ms. Tench is a lesbian.
  • As Count Olaf stole her gym clothes and she cried it's unknown if anything more didn't happen