Meet Mr. Jack A. Agugliaro
Position: Reading Teacher
School: North Tonawanda High School
Grades Levels Taught: 9,10,11,12
Tell Us About Your Favorite Teaching Moment: There are so many, but I do remember student teaching in a first grade in Niagara Falls. The regular supervising teacher was unavoidably absent and I had to take over for 2 to 3 days. I organized and managed the class, the substitute and the aide. It was empowering in my development as a novice teacher to pull everything together and watch it work. It was very satisfying.
Why did you become a teacher?: I found that, in 10th grade, I could help other math students without just giving answers. It was a revelation that set my future.
What is your role with the NFRC?: I was a district liaison for years, and am now the Liaison Chair. I am learning as I go . . . .
Why do you enjoy being a member of the NFRC?: Reading, literature, comprehension, professionalism are the gifts we share as we meet throughout the year, whether at conference or in committee. It’s my opportunity to brain-connect with my peers.
How long have you been an NFRC member?: I’ve been attending events a long time—got me! But it seems short.
*In case anyone wonders, why did I student teach in a first grade? My first certificate is in Elementary Education. As fate would have it, I became certified in reading and have been working in my high school for 37 years.
*My avocation is participating in theatrical plays in Lewiston and Buffalo. It is a marvelous outlet for energy and to discover the power of the brain with literary memorization. In Lewiston for December, I am directing and portraying Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, and completed the role of Pa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath in Buffalo this past September.