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Allison Mead, 26, an ER physician’s assistant who grew up in Farmingdale, poses with her first-grade teacher and good friend, Estelle Komito Hert of Farmingdale. (Sept.27, 2013)

LI teachers' influence deeply felt

These Long Island teachers inspired students, instilled values and, perhaps most importantly, became their lifelong friends.

Barbara Hosking, 73, with some of her former
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Barbara Hosking, 73, with some of her former students, now themselves teachers, in her old classroom at John F. Kennedy Intermediate School in Deer Park. On her left is David De Prima, of Babylon Village, and Meredith Telese, of Commack; to her right, from top: Michele Alo, of Deer Park, Jacqueline Read, of Mastic, and Ann Bullis, of Deer Park. (Oct. 1, 2013)

Robert Druckenmiller, 82, a math teacher for 40
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Robert Druckenmiller, 82, a math teacher for 40 years, holds a Hauppauge High School yearbook from 1996, the year he retired. He's pictured on the right. (Sept. 27, 2013)

Allison Mead, 26, an ER physician’s assistant who
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Allison Mead, 26, an ER physician’s assistant who grew up in Farmingdale, poses with her first-grade teacher and good friend, Estelle Komito Hert of Farmingdale. (Sept.27, 2013)

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Barbara Hosking, 73, a retired teacher of 51
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Barbara Hosking, 73, a retired teacher of 51 years, kayaks in the Noyack Bay near Sag Harbor with former student Jackie Read, 27, who is now a teacher herself. (Sept. 13, 2013)

Barbara Hosking, 73, who spent 51 years as
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Barbara Hosking, 73, who spent 51 years as an elementary schoolteacher in the Deer Park School District, keeps in touch with hundreds of her former students. Here, a few gather at a luncheon for her in May. From left: Kristen Tanawots, Meredith Blum, Chad Waithe, Jonathan Lombardo, Jonathan Plumatalo and David DePrima. (May 2013)

Retired teacher Teddy Savalas, 83, of Huntington, poses
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Retired teacher Teddy Savalas, 83, of Huntington, poses with his former fourth-grade student and longtime friend Neal Rubinstein, 63, a three-time Emmy winner as a producer. (Sept. 23, 2013)

Barbara Hosking, 73, poses with her former student
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Barbara Hosking, 73, poses with her former student Jacqueline Read, 27, of Mastic, in her old classroom at John F. Kennedy Intermediate School in Deer Park. (Oct. 1, 2013)

Allison Mead, 26, an ER physician’s assistant who
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Allison Mead, 26, an ER physician’s assistant who grew up in Farmingdale, poses with her first-grade teacher and good friend, Estelle Komito Hert of Farmingdale. (Sept.27, 2013)

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Robert Druckenmiller, 82, retired Hauppauge High School math
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Robert Druckenmiller, 82, retired Hauppauge High School math teacher and football coach, shows off photos from his winning season at his Hauppauge home. (Sept. 27, 2013)

Retired teacher Teddy Savalas, 83, of Huntington, with
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Retired teacher Teddy Savalas, 83, of Huntington, with his former fourth-grade student and longtime friend Neal Rubinstein, 63, a three-time Emmy winner as a producer. (Sept. 23, 2013)

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