When school starts for the 2018-2019 year, Karen McDonald will be starting her 53rd first day of school. Twenty of those years were for her own education, and the rest have been faithfully served at Perry High School.
Mrs. McD, as the students kindly call her, is now teaching the children of the children she taught when she first began her career in education. She fondly refers to these children as her "grand students". Should she retire as planned in two-three years , she may well be teaching great-grand students.
Mrs. Mc Donald has been married 35 years, yet has never changed her name. She is one of the small number of people from Warner Robins who can say that she was actually born in Warner Robins.
Interestingly, she never intended to teach at all, but planned to practice law, having obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. However, teaching offered the security of health insurance, a retirement plan and time with her son, Park. One year led to five years, and five years led to 33 years. In those many years, she has touched the lives of countless young people, more ever than she has had in a single classroom. Teaching might not have been her plan, but has certainly been her calling.