Over the 5 years that he worked at Brooklyn Technical High School, Mr. Shaynak developed a reputation as one of the favorite teachers. The physics, math, and aeronautics teacher was engaged with his students and concerned about doing his best to make sure they were doing their best. What’s more, he was kinda cool.
Though he was 44, Sean Shaynak was good at relating to his high school students as if they were his peers. “He acts like a teenager,” said one of his students. “He, in essence, is a teenager in an old man’s body,” using slang such as “for realsies” and letting his students call him “ShayShay”…