NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Dave "Teacherman" Goldman is a Long Island native, high school English teacher -- and a musician who has just released his first album.
Now, he's using his talents to fight pancreatic cancer.
Goldman grew up in Hicksville and learned to play guitar when he was in high school. Now a teacher at Division Avenue High School in the Levittown School District, music remains a part of his life. Goldman has played in local bands throughout the years and most recently joined three of his fellow teachers in forming the new band "Highly Effective."
Cancer, sadly, has also played a role in Goldman's life.
"My father died of pancreatic cancer, and so did my grandfather, so it's a very real, very frightening disease for me. What we went through when my father died, no one should have to experience that," Goldman said.
"Now, if I can take the music I make – the music I started learning on the guitar my father gave me – and put it towards an organization that will fight this terrible disease, I'm more than happy to do it."
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