It may be that teachers don’t always feel appreciated by their students.
Well, New Rochelle High School science teacher Rich Salinaro can’t make that complaint now.
Several high school seniors in the school’s Science Research Program have put together a video and posted it on YouTube talking about how Salinaro got them interested in science, helped them and guided their futures.
In the video, which is about 5 and a half minutes long, student Simone Wien says Salinaro was always available to help.
“During my junior year, if I sent out an e-mail at 3 o’clock in the morning, at 3:30 I got a full detailed response with all the answers I possibly needed,” she says.
Jacob Lynch recalls his one-on-one meetings with the teacher.
“I would be talking to him and he’d just get this smile on his face,” he says. “And all of a sudden he’d go to that white board in the room and just draw something on the wall that I had never heard of, and it came out of nowhere, but I understood it and we were able to talk about it and from there we were able to just generate ideas and talk about ideas.”
Olivia Watkins remembers a time the students took Salinaro and his wife out to dinner after a competition in Sleepy Hollow.
“It was a really special bonding time between our teacher and the students to get to know him well and to be able to thank him for everything he’s done for us,” she says.
Find the video here.