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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

We Are SI

 

Mr. Renaissance Man

Allyson Abad '16
Contributing Editor

What are Renaissance men? According to the World History: Patterns of Interaction textbook, these “universal men who excelled in many fields” were praised for their knowledge and contributions to society in the 1400s. Still used today, this term aptly describes our very own Mr. Paul Maychrowitz.

Teaching at SI since 1998, Mr. Maychrowitz has enlightened his students on multiple topics. He has taught Algebra 1 and 2, all levels of Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, and Summer Chemistry. He has also assisted in writing the Readable Calculus Books and Chemistry materials.

Aside from teaching, Mr. Maychrowitz involves himself in countless extra-curricular activities. Currently, he moderates the Anime Club, Rubik’s Cube Club, and Rock to Relief. Prior to that, he also moderated the Sci-Fi Club, Gaming Club, Martial Arts Club, Conservative Students Coalition, and Film Club, just to name a few.  On top of all those clubs, he has directed or assisted in directing Kairos for ten years.

As busy as he is at school, Mr. Maychrowitz also has a bustling personal life. For 23 years, he has practiced many forms of martial arts, including Tae Kwan Do, Hapkido, and Judo. Although he does not fence much anymore, he is proficient with foil, saber, and epee. In addition to sports, he plays numerous table-top strategy games, table-top role-playing games (think Dungeons and Dragons), and console games. Additionally, he enjoys reading and writing, and is currently attempting to write his first novel.  He is a film fanatic too, a lover of heavy metal, alternative, and punk music, and a maniac for all kinds of puzzles, from Rubik’s cubes to disentanglement puzzles always displayed in the back of his classroom).  When he’s not in a martial art’s studio, at school, or at home, he partakes in fly or bait fishing, hiking, camping, and backpacking. 

But, what Mr. Maychrowitz enjoys the most is spending time with his loving wife and caring for their several cats.  Although he has no children of his own, he stated, “I have over a 100 students a year that I consider my children.” 

With such broad knowledge, Mr. Maychrowitz could have chosen nearly any career, but he instead pursued his love for teaching.  “If I ever won the lottery, or came into a large sum of money, there is no way that I would give up teaching,” he explains.  “I have the unique opportunity to discuss interesting things with interesting people every day when I come to work.  I cannot imagine a more satisfying career.”

Posted by Mr. Parker Francis Glaessner on Tuesday October, 22, 2013

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