Regina Karwacki - Retiree Tributes - McDonogh School

Regina Karwacki

“If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.”

These words, written by Norman Cousins, a world peace advocate and the father of laughter therapy, appear at the top of Regina Karwacki’s statement of philosophy on teaching. Since coming to McDonogh 20 years ago, Regina has dedicated herself to making “something come to life” in the hearts and minds of hundreds of students.

Regina was hired in the late summer of 1995 to teach first grade. There were just a few short weeks between the time she accepted the job and the first day of school, so she really had to hustle to be ready to welcome her students. She has been working hard ever since. As a first grade teacher, Regina devoted herself to doing her absolute best for each and every one of her students. She set the bar high for her little ones, and with characteristic determination, she made sure that she gave each of them everything they needed to reach that bar.

Regina taught reading, writing, social studies, math, and manners all day, every day to a classroom filled with six-year-olds. In her spare time, she wrote and directed plays for the entire first grade.

In 2005, Regina became the Lower School’s Math Specialist and Math Department Head. In those roles, she has challenged children, supported faculty, and modeled the teaching of the Everyday Math program. She has organized enriching programs and exciting events such as Geometry Week, Problem-Solving Week, and an introduction to Robotics.

Regina is also the “kitchen manager” of the Lower School’s Culinary Classroom where she teaches cooking to first graders and guides older students in creating “Edible Designs.” Perhaps most notably, Regina created the Lower School’s annual Math Carnival about which one student said, “This is the best day of my life!”

Regina once wrote, “As a young child, I promised myself that when I became a teacher, my classroom would be a space where children could not wait to enter and would hate to leave.” Decades later, Regina has made good on her promise -- and more. Her students, whether cooking or calculating with her, clamor for more time with “Miss K.” They can feel that “something comes to life” in them because of her.

Thank you, Regina, for 20 years of bringing life and love to the children of McDonogh School.