Who Is Your Favorite Sachem Teacher?

Has someone changed your life, did you become a teacher because of your experience at Sachem?

In hopes of driving more community participation on Sachem Patch, we're starting a new "question of the day" feature every morning. We ask one question, you comment as much as possible.

With thousands of instructional staff in the Sachem Central School District, many have made a difference in students' lives. Let us know who has helped you as a student, your child or even you as a parent ... comment below!

Patricia Schor May 19, 2011 at 01:38 PM
There is a teacher at Cayuga Elementry School who both my daughters have had the pleasure of having for a teacher. Her name is Stacey Heinz, and she is an amazing teacher. The caring and the way she instructs her students is wonderful. She is a warm caring teacher, also a wife and mother, and we love her very much.. Sincerely Kimberly & Krystle Schor
Nora Klaus May 19, 2011 at 01:58 PM
I've been blessed with many great teachers throughout my Sachem years. At Lynwood, Mrs. Donegan and Mrs. Post were very special to me. I have such fond memories of them. In high school, Mr. Simmons and Mrs. Ruelbach were outstanding. Nora Klaus
TKB May 19, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Mr Mac (physics)! I'm not sure whether he's retired yet, but I had him for AP Physics B and C 2005-2007 and I've really never encountered a more dedicated teacher. Mr Posner and Mr Weaver (both retired now) were also truly phenomenal.
Janine May 19, 2011 at 03:52 PM
My son's favorite teacher was Mr. Chiaramonte. He had him in Sagamore last year 2010/2011. They moved him to Sachem North the kids miss him at Sagamore this year. I have 2 other children going to go to Sagamore I hope he will return for them and I get lucky to have him for my other kids. Thank you Mr. Chiaramonte for the great memories you gave to my son Joey. You are one teacher who he will never forget. History was his least favorite subject and you made it one of his favorites. Mr. Chiaramonte you are a wonderful teacher. - Janine Russo
Jeanine May 19, 2011 at 04:16 PM
My favorite high school teacher was Mr. LaSalle (Sachem North - Spanish). There were days he wouldn't focus on the class, but rather talk about life and different experiences he's had, and just things in general. A truly amazing teacher! I learned so much in his class! My favorite elementary teacher was Mr. Toto (Hiawatha) My husband also had him for 6th grade (I had him for 3rd) and he was just great. Firm but fair, another brilliant man, just like Mr. LaSalle. They're the best and I miss them!!
Brendan May 19, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Mr. Kropp without question is the best Sachem teacher. Not only has he been teaching in Sachem his entire career, he was born and raised in Sachem as a child. He attended Lynwood Elementry and traveled through the Sachem district as a student. He knows all there is to know about Sachem and is a great teacher as well. He is Mr. Sachem!
Chris R. Vaccaro May 19, 2011 at 04:44 PM
I'm going to have to weigh in here too ... It's tough to say just one since there are hundreds of worthy and amazing teachers. I'd have to say Mr. Paquette was an outstanding sports marketing teacher, Mr. Sentman was an awesome English teacher, Mr. Brischler was an awesome English teacher, Mr. Makofsky told me to join the school paper in ninth grade and I haven't stopped with journalism since, Ms. DiGiovanni, who ran the school paper in Sachem when I was a student, Mrs. King and Mr. LaSalle, great Spanish teachers, Mr. Baumiller, the best guidance counselor around! and Ms. Ogozalek, Sachem's finest psych teacher! And of course you can't forget about the coaches, who teach life lessons all the time: Fusaro, Friedheim, Mahoney, Schmidt, Woolley, Savino, Mercurio, Batewell, Petillo, and many others! Even though I never had him, I'll also add Mr. Spider Westervelt to the list- this guy touched the lives of so many students in Sachem.
Chris R. Vaccaro May 19, 2011 at 04:48 PM
P.S. Chuck Romer, my sixth grade teacher at Waverly and Mrs. Shea, my third grade teacher, were both excellent ... made my Waverly experience unforgettable.
Michael Haynes May 19, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Elementary: Schaffer, Shea and Donnelly Sagamore: Strazza, O'Toole and Masciangelo High School: Visco, Jacobsen/Belli, Hettrich, Gottsch, Mazzei Can't name influential Sachem people without mentioning Gambino, Fusaro and Batewell.
Sharon A. May 19, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Mrs. LaPolla Waverly Kindergarten. Mrs. LaPolla has a special way with the kids. She is by far the most loving, caring teacher. She goes above and beyond to give them the best learning environment she possible can. She even comes in before school starts to tutor kids who need that little extra help. She is an angel. A big shout out to Mrs. Lyons the teachers Aide too. Mrs. Lyons is adored by the children and is so helpful to the class. They make a great team!
Mary Garcia May 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Mrs. Carter from Sagamore has my highest respect for her no nonsense methods and strong encouragement. My integrated special needs 6th grader needs the push everyday. And Ms. LoManto who does a wonderful job with my special needs kindergartener who is a real character. -Mary Garcia
Chris S May 20, 2011 at 12:10 AM
I would have to say that Mr. Norm Oakes from Merrimac was the best teacher I ever had, he just had a way that prepared me for the rest of my junior high and high school career. Mr. Nordland from Seneca was also an amazing educator, I think he was the first one to inspire me to become a teacher. Now that I am a high school teacher, I can see that Mr. Regan and Mr. Hartnagel (at both South and East, I had the priveledge of having both twice) truly know what it means to be a teacher and devote themselves to their students.
Mike May 20, 2011 at 05:34 AM
Elementary: Mrs. Volcelka. 3rd grade Sagamore: Ms. Stone. 7th grade Home Ec. she taught me more about life than the actual class. North: Mr. Savino and Mr. Averso for teaching me more about art than I can imagine. Mr. Young, US History, for being the most caring teacher I ever had. Ms. Tuttle for pushing me. and Mr. Kelleher for opening my eyes and showing me that every teacher's not the same. For actual Sachem Staff who taught me things, Steve the rocker janitor and Steve the Security Guard for just talking about crazy lessons they've learned in life and their experiences.
Joe Corbisiero May 20, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Kropp's the boss!
nora May 20, 2011 at 11:36 PM
patrick hill special ed gatelot.
Heidi May 21, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Tecumseh: Ms Natale and Ms Salvessan Sagamore: Mr Veryzer, Mr Oflarrety South/ North: Mr Boyle, Ms Ogozalek, Ms Tuttle, O'Brien
Heather Turano May 22, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Miss FLOHL , Miss BOVE , Miss BILOTTA , Miss YOUNG ..................PERIOD
gabby August 26, 2012 at 06:34 PM
my franquiz and mrs rossi was the bast teacher now and mr franquiz is the best ever my summer school teacher is mr wells he is so nice to me and my frineds
Karen Striegl January 15, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Sachem High School (North), Music Educator John Johnson was a wonderful mentor and instructor. I wonder if he has passed away and have not been able to find anything about him online. He was our teacher and Orchestra leader in the 1970s. Does anyone know anything about his whereabouts?
gabby January 15, 2013 at 09:02 PM
mr franquiz is the best teacher ever
Tom February 22, 2013 at 06:03 PM
In Sagamore, Mr. O'Toole for History and Mrs. Griffin for English. In HS, Mr. Brady for History.
cindy russell June 03, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Janine, I agree Mr. Chiarmonte. loved him. Just saw him at BOE meeting last week. Was so good to see him. My son was in drama (Grease) and Mr. C. did a stand up job. From Lynwood, Mrs. Geller. retired now but the bestest, bestest, bestest. I adore her.
cindy russell June 03, 2013 at 09:06 PM
As far as one of my favorite teachers when I attended Sachem many many years ago. Mr. Cornacchio, 6th grade Chippewa, if you are out there, you are my all time favorite. Many fond memories of you.


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