Who is Mr. Gluck??
I'm Mr. Gluck, and I'll be your teacher this year. I'd like to tell you a little about me.... but first, please know that I'm sad that I cannot begin the school year with you. As it turns out, I was injured in July and had some surgery. I have been home, healing, and am lucky that we have a wonderful young teacher who is available to work with you until my return.
Ms. Nicole Tolli has worked at Edgewood as a substitute teacher and also as an aide to Mrs. Aberman during the past school year. She is an amazingly capable teacher and a lovely person. I hope that you welcome her and make her as comfortable in Fifth Grade as we hope that you will be.
In the meantime, here is some information that I hope will help you to know me a bit better...
This is my nineteenth year at Edgewood and have taught at another school for two years before that. But...I haven't always been a public school teacher.
Before teaching, I was a freelance photographer (which means I worked for myself and took all sorts of interesting and different photographic assignments). Sometimes I photographed scenery and objects, sometimes celebrities, and sometimes everyday people, like us!!
I became a teacher at the age of 45 and have been teaching Fifth Grade for eleven years. My favorite thing about being a teacher is....learning. That's why I have so many hobbies and why I like to help students, like you, to love learning as much as I do. Some of my hobbies include: flying planes; playing drums; singing; woodworking; reading; drawing; architecture; making books from scratch; studying other languages; building scale models; building and flying radio controlled airplanes; building and flying high-powered rockets; gardening; stamp collecting....and a few others.
I have two grown sons. My older son is an aerospace engineer and works at Cape Canaveral. My younger son is a digital animator and compositor and he lives with me.
Certainly, last year was something as a surprise to all of us, as is the extra challenge of our schedule as we begin our new year. Regardless, Ms. Tolli and I will hope to make it a fun and exciting year with you, even with these unusual and temporary changes.
And now...it's almost time for us to meet!!
It's my hope that we'll have a wonderful adventure this year, being curious, learning lots of things, having fun, and making mistakes. (The "making mistakes" part is actually a good way to learn!!)
Please come to school each day with a big smile, lots of wonder, the joy of being with friends, and...importantly... a willingness to learn!!
See you soon!!