2011-06-03 / Letters

He Was My Teacher

Dear Editor,

On Page 24 of the May 13 issue of The Wave, there is a notice celebrating the 80th birthday of Raymond Agoglia.

Mr. Agoglia was one of the finest teachers I have ever had. It was an absolute privilege to be in his class. He was my elementary algebra teacher in Montauk Junior High School in Brooklyn during the 1958- 1959 school year.

I remember Mr. Agoglia’s first-day statement to the class: “You come into my room, you come in as a lady or a gentleman. No shouting, no screaming.” I never forgot that.

I also remember that Mr. Agoglia, after finishing various mathematical procedures, would sit on his desk and say, “I’ve done enough work. I think I’ll sit down for a while.” Immediately the students would respond with “No, Mr. Agoglia. We still have the following that has to be done to solve the problem.” That taught me something: It is important for a student to be aware of that which he has yet to learn.

Mr. Agoglia was a thorough teacher. The same exercise would be assigned again so that previous material was reinforced. Notebooks were checked frequently.

I have been a teacher for 45 years, 40 years as a regular high school teacher (26 of those years in Beach Channel High School) and 5 years subbing while being retired.

So…permit me to add my voice in wishing Mr. Raymond Agoglia a Happy 80th Birthday. He so richly deserves it.

ALAN SILBERLIGHT

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