Our Teachers

Sad News:
The following news was copied from Newsday on the passing on June 27, 2006 of one of our beloved teachers from Brookside Jr. High and Merrick Ave. Jr. High. He will be truly missed. Our condolences to his family.

Achille, Salvatore P. 
ACHILLE-Salvatore P., age 69, of Sayville, LI, on June 25, 2006. Retired teacher and coach in Bellmore-Merrick Schools. Loving father of Kerry Guarriello and Brian Achille. Dear brother of Mary Renna and Pauline Achille. Beloved grandfather of Gary Tyler and Ryan. Religious service 10am Thursday at Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home, 245 Montauk Highway, West Sayville. Visiting hours Wednesday 2-4:30 and 7-9:30pm.
Published in Newsday on 6/27/2006. 

A Message from one of Our Teachers:

My name is Ann Mullaney McDonough. I taught English at Calhoun from 1963-1971 and then from 1977-78.

In the interim I had 3 babies and taught in Mepham (1975-77); Merrick Avenue; and Grand Avenue (1986-2001). With each baby came a new assignment/school.  Last night I attended the Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers Retirement Dinner.  There was a page in the program that listed teachers who had passed away. Those from Calhoun included:

Herb Waggoner – auto shop teacher – 90 years old

Rose Veterito Pylko – Rose taught English at Calhoun and then went to Kennedy when it opened.

Hank Fauerbach – Hank taught German and when the enrollment in his German classes declined, he taught math.

Robert Reeves (I thought his first name was Robin, but his first name on the program was Robert.)  He was an art teacher. I think he may have gone to Kennedy when it opened.

Doris Friedlander – I believe she taught home economics at Brookside.

Unfortunately, I lost the program, so I don’t have the names of the other teachers.  For those of you who remember Minnie Maldonado (Social Studies). She went to California, became a principal, and then a superintendent. She is now retired. We keep in contact.

I have very fond memories of my years at Calhoun. I’m thrilled (shocked, I guess) when I go shopping and one of my former students recognizes me. It’s been over 40 years. Actually, the pharmacist knew me because of my name.

God bless. Sincerely, Ann McDonough