“Rabbi Wagner is a Rebbi we will always treasure and remember! He is so kind and caring, and is a quality teacher who knows how to make Gemara come alive for his students.”
Story by: Estee Lieblich
Rabbi Wagner takes the time to discuss real life issues with his students. He helps to expand the boys thinking so that they have new ways to think about ideas and make it their own.
Rabbi Wagner is a Rebbi we will always treasure and remember! He is so kind and caring, and is a quality teacher who knows how to make Gemara come alive for his students.
But there’s more that makes Rabbi Wagner extra special. He makes sure to connect on a personal level, treating each student like the unique individual they they are. You have a challenge? He offers to discuss it with you in order to problem solve together. You’re not feeling motivated? Well let’s explore why not and together see what we can do about it. He has taken the time again and again to ensure that his students don’t just go through the motions but that their individual needs are met. And it’s all done with the utmost humility. He treats the students with respect and they respond in kind.
Outside of school hours Rabbi Wagner learns with many students, on his own time, weekly. In addition, twice a week he has shiurim where he teaches Gemara to the fathers of the students in the three grades he teaches so that the fathers take part in the Gemara experience and can discuss it with their sons.
When we shared with Rabbi Wagner a specific way of learning that one of our sons particularly enjoyed, he changed around his lessons to include teaching the material in that specific way. And he thanked us because he saw that other students benefitted as well! This is a rebbi who is a real partner with the parents in the chinuch of our children.
Rabbi Wagner also takes the time to discuss real life issues with his students. He helps to expand the boys thinking so that they have new ways to think about ideas and make it their own.
When one of our sons was on a special diet for a few months and couldn’t partake in the food at class parties, he went out of his way to show him that he recognized the maturity with which our son dealt with it all. Rabbi Wagner gave him extra gelt on chanuka, and bought him something special and personal for purim. After Shavuos, Rabbi Wagner presented our son with a gift card to a local restaurant because he knew that our son couldn’t eat any dairy over Shavuos . To say that we all felt so touched by his kindness and sensitivity is an understatement.
This is just a glimpse of what a special teacher Rabbi Wagner is. He teaches over 60 students daily, yet he finds time to be a true mechanech, not losing focus of the true goal of education: to raise our children up to reach their full potential, through forming a relationship with them so that they are receptive and open to mature and to grow in their learning, Yiras shamayim and midos tovos.
Thank you Rabbi Wagner for making school not just bearable but also enjoyable. For commanding respect instead of just demanding it. For focusing on transmitting your values to our sons instead of demanding blind obedience. For meeting our sons where they are at, and then inspiring them so that they are motivated to work harder. And for the “humanness” that you bring to every interaction with your students.
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