Al Siedlecki — or “Sie,” as his students call him — has been teaching science at Medford Memorial Middle School in New Jersey for more than three decades.
But a few years back, as Sie was helping a group of students study for a test, something happened that in all his years of teaching had never happened before:
As it turns out, the doctor on the phone was Lee Buono, who was one of Sie’s students back in the 1980s. Today, he’s a neurosurgeon. At StoryCorps, the two sat down to tell the rest of their story.