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Mr. Renaissance Man
Allyson Abad '16
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.”
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