Native Chooses a Career of Teaching Santa Monica-Malibu Students

Santa Monica local, Joan Kaczorowski, has dedicated her life to providing education to the youth of the westside. Born on April 15 and raised in Santa Monica, Joan lived in a beautiful frame house. She moved around for a short time growing up, but nevertheless returned home to our beloved community while she was in grade school. As a child, she loved roller skating, volleyball, and tennis.

This Santa Monica local would even roller skate through the halls of her school during the summertime! After she graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1960, Joan attended Santa Monica College before transferring to California State University, Northridge.

Her education then led to a career of teaching. Joan became a substitute teacher for many schools in 1966, before ending her substitute teaching to work for Franklin Elementary School from 1967 to 1970. She was then transferred to Webster Elementary school in Malibu. She was reluctant to leave. Although she missed her previous students, Joan loved Webster Elementary School.

The Santa Monica resident ended up teaching at that location for 32 years. When she retired in 2003, Joan continued to substitute teach for the next ten years.

It was in 2015 that she found and joined Las Doradas, a group of women who raise money for the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA). These 14 active members meet once a month to hold annual fundraisers for students who may need additional assistance. On average, they raise about $25-35,000 for the NYA. In her personal life, Joan has a family of four children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

She considers herself a “do-er,” constantly looking for new opportunities and experiences to be had in life.

Joan loves to garden, is active in her church, and has traveled to numerous countries. This Santa Monica native values community, and would love to place a stronger principle on “taking care of each other” in our area. With someone as lovely as Joan in our neighborhood, I am positive that her wish.

By Corinne Pagan

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