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A Tribute to Braintree High Teacher Kyle Piazza

"What it Means to Be a Wamp" – Braintree High School math teacher Lauren Forger remembers a colleague who passed away recently.

What it Means to be a Wamp, by Lauren Forger

In June, the class of 2011 was fortunate enough to hear poignant and wise words from the Student Council President, Marisa Ducach. Marisa spoke to the graduates, families, friends, and faculty about “what it means to be a Wamp.”

She spoke highly of the pride, commitment, and loyalty that embodies. Recently, we all were reminded of “what it means to be a Wamp.”

The BHS halls were a little quieter this week as we mourned the death of beloved
coach and math teacher, Kyle Piazza. Kyle has been an active member of the BHS staff since 2005, and has touched numerous lives of both students and faculty in this time. He will always be remembered for his smile, enthusiasm, drive towards learning, and killer athletic instinct. Many call Mr. Piazza a mentor, because he was so much more than just a teacher, coach, or colleague.

During a very difficult and challenging time for BHS, especially for the faculty
members, we were reminded of the Wamp Pride that Marisa spoke of. In the hallways, you could see faculty members patting each other on the back as a sign of support. You could hear students asking faculty members how they were doing, expressing genuine concern. Students gathered to create a banner for Mr. Piazza, leaving their comforting words and favorite memories. You could see laughter mixed with tears as memories of Mr. Piazza were shared. His presence filled the hallways, even in his absence.

In these days of challenge, we were together and we were proud to be part of this amazing community. In the walls of BHS this week, you could feel what it meant to be a Wamp.

Mark Belton November 02, 2011 at 09:24 PM
best teacher and football coach ever R.I.P Mr. Piazza
Michelle Hinthorne November 02, 2011 at 09:55 PM
"Mr. Piazza" was the best. He was my daughters teacher and was an inspiration to her, as well as many others. He will be missed by many! RIP & Hope your family knows how much you were loved by your students!
Regina Alongi November 03, 2011 at 03:27 AM
You know a teacher is great when you learn so much from him without even having him. BHS just isn't the same. Mr. Piazza, you are missed so much. Take care up there in the big baseball diamond in the sky. <3 See you tomorrow.
Adam nania November 03, 2011 at 02:52 PM
I still almost can't believe that it had to be his time to go.. mr p. once told me freshman year "if your not early .. your late." well this was way too early mr p. BHS loves and misses this guy so much because we have every reason in the world to. As a teacher.. a mentor.. and most of all a friend. thank you so much Kyle, your kindness and generosity went such a long way with me. rest peacefully man
Jeanne Zarrella November 06, 2011 at 02:09 PM
By living up to his fullest potential, Kyle Piazza had a profound influence on those who knew him, esp. his students. May they too, always try and live up to their fullest potential and carry with them Wamp pride. God Bless.

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