Memorial Book for Betsy Siegelaub

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  1. I am so very sorry to hear about your beloved Betsy. I have many good memories of teaching with her at Mepham and at Merrick Avenue. Our children also attended day care together many years ago and we had several mutual friends. Betsy was a beautiful soul and spirit and someone I greatly admired as a person, mother and professional. May her memory be a blessing.

  2. Betsy was such a kind and friendly person. She was our neighbor and a colleague. It was always great seeing Betsy taking her power walks down our block. My sincere condolences to the family.

  3. If you’re lucky, you have one teacher that sees the potential in you, gets you excited about learning, and changes your life. I honestly don’t know where I would be without Mme Siegelaub. She was truly interested in making a difference and she touched countless lives at Mepham. The only teacher I ever kept in touch with nearly a decade after graduation. May her memory forever be a blessing.

  4. Mrs. Siegelaub was one of the kindest, warmest and most wonderful teachers I have ever had. She always made everyone feel comfortable and fostered a love of learning. Sending my condolences to her family.

  5. Sweet, gentle, itsy bitsy Betsy…taken from Marc, Nathan and all of us way too soon. So kind, so caring, so sharing. Betsy was always warm, always welcoming, always brilliant. Her eyes, her voice, her smile, her spirit… a true friend, an incredible wife, an amazing mother. Betsy might be gone, but this wonderful woman will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, beautiful Betsy.

  6. Mrs. Siegelaub completely transformed the way I perceived foreign languages. I cant even put into mere words the profound impact she had on my life. She singlehandedly inspired me to become infatuated with foreign languages and to major in French and minor in Italian at Hofstra.

    Ever since the first day that I stepped foot into her class (room 237) at Mepham, I knew that the learning of the French language was going to be something extraordinary. Her class was unique in every sense of the word. Each day she had prepared a didactic, demanding, and thrilling lesson for all of her students. She taught gently and lovingly — but supremely effectively — her passion and enthusiasm for teaching was glaringly evident. She was a person who could make you feel like you’d known her forever, even if you’d only been recently acquainted. Mrs. Siegelaub also had a perfect heart, a perfect soul, a riotously outrageous and relentless sense of humor, and a dazzling, radiant mind. She was an exquisitely gifted teacher who left an indelible impact on anyone who was fortunate enough to cross paths with her.

    As William Arthur Ward once fantastically said, “‘The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” Mrs. Siegelaub was certainly a great teacher who inspired many of her students.

  7. I do not know your beloved Betsy. But the Newsday obituary and the comments from those who loved her as a person and teacher touched and inspired me. I am a teacher also. May I provoke the spark and love in my students that Betsy obviously set aflame in hers. May her memory be a blessing – and a source of comfort.

  8. Betsy was a wonderful person and a great teacher. We bought our boys up through elementary school and she will be missed my thoughts to the family

  9. Mrs. Siegelaub was one of the most influential teachers I’ve ever had. I’ll never forget all of the hours we spent talking after class and working on Italian Honor Society events. She has always had a special place in my heart, and as I continued to study Italian throughout college I would always think of her. She will be greatly missed and remembered fondly.

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