Meet Regina

Meet Regina Meet Regina: a foreign language teacher who kindled student interest in world travel 

Students continue to gravitate to Regina the same way they did throughout her long and productive career as a foreign language teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools. These days, high schoolers visit her at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington; they perch comfortably on her bed while listening intently to her comments about their studies, challenges, and life in general. They leave her room recharged.

Raised in Easton, Maryland, Regina attended the University of Delaware thanks to the intervention of a business acquaintance of her father; this man went out of his way to secure her admission to the school and arrange for financial assistance. Four years later, when Regina crossed the graduation stage to accept her degree, her mother proudly cheered from a balcony seat and "flowed with tears."

Widowed early in her marriage and left with a small son to raise on her own, Regina was nonetheless determined to expand her capabilities in her chosen profession, teaching, so, after long days in the classroom, she pursued her studies at night and nearly earned a Ph.D. Ultimately she met certification requirements to teach seven languages.

"What country are you studying this week?" asked Regina of colleagues in neighboring classrooms during her years as a teacher. To help them liven up academic topics for their students, she would offer to bring in photos and souvenirs of these countries from her travels to Europe, Asia, and South America. The idea worked so well that students began turning to her for recommendations about their own vacation trips with an educational angle. Incidentally, for 13 years, Regina's students won national competitions that measured knowledge of world affairs.

Today Regina enjoys spending time with her grown son, who himself developed a passion for seeing the world after many years of serving as his mother's favorite traveling companion on her many voyages.

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