The quotes below were obtained from e-mails, social media posts, other online posts, and handwritten letters. Teacher, faculty, and student names are not provided at this time except for those I could reach at the time this was posted. This is not a comprehensive list as some correspondences included confidential information.


I have so much respect for you.   Your devotion and your commitment to your community, I always told you that was really, always incredible. And to me, you have been a role model for what a father should be. Thank you so much for doing so much for education, but more than that, being an incredible representative of what true fathership is. Jose L. Dotres, Ed. D., Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Dr. Karp, You exemplify the very best in our community and I continue to look forward to improving MDCPS under your leadership. Sincerely, Alberto Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

Dear Dr. Karp, As taxpayers and residents of Miami-Dade County, my family and I have always felt very lucky to be represented by someone like you having the credentials, value system, knowledge, experience, sensitivity, and wisdom to tackle a myriad of issues as Board Member.  It has also been an honor to be of service to you as Assistant School Board Attorney during your terms of service to Miami-Dade County residents.  Sincerely, Ana Craft Assistant School Board Attorney

You have worked so hard for our community. Dr. Alice Quarles

Hi Dr. Karp: I can’t begin to express my deepest gratitude for everything that you have done for the students, teachers, programs, and me personally through the years! Your support and leadership will have a profound impact on the school district for years to come! Your seat will be replaced, but you never will be. With great respect and admiration, Jayne Dr. Jayne Greenberg

I have to tell you how remarkable and caring you are by showing unconditional care...I must tell you how much I respect you and all that you have done for MDCPS. Andy Pierre-Louis Region Director

Dr. Karp— Thank you for your professionalism, respect and countless years of service for the children of Miami-Dade. Marie Izquierdo Chief Academic Officer

Dear Dr. Karp, You have had such a positive impact on district and school initiatives, but truly on so many individuals…including me. I have been honored to work with you as a Principal, Region Director and District Administrator. Your never-ending support and collaboration through the years has been so appreciated and I have always admired your vision and true humanity to find what is best for children, staff, parents, and community. Sincerely, Sally Alayon

You have achieved so much for the children in our community and I admire you in more ways than you know. Jerold Blumstein, School Board Member Chief of Staff

The respect, reverence, and pride that the city officials showed towards you as you expressed your point of view on the issue were impressive. The way you spoke as a representative of our Superintendent and as a concerned School Board member evidenced your true desire to help. In a very short time, you are truly carving a very positive impression in our community. We are thankful for the interest you have taken in our school, listening, and acting on the issues that are important to our parents and staff. We commend you for that kind of commitment and leadership. Sincerely, Olga M. Figueras Principal

Your dedication and excellence are appreciated. Brenda Nolan Assistant Principal

Dear Dr. Karp, My deepest appreciation is for all that you do for our children. You are inspirational. Thank you, Toni Dunbar Associate Superintendent

Hi Dr. Karp and Jerold You both have added many smiles to many of my days during the past three years! As well, you have provided your shoulders to lean on, and have been patient listeners in times of trouble. I have so much respect for each of you, individually, knowing the " ins" and " outs" of school board life and how difficult it can be sometimes to do what is best and what is right. .... Susan Susan Blount, Principal

Thank you for your service and all the years of support to the arts.  It has been a great pleasure working with you over the years. Contessa S. Bryant, Principal

Thank you, Dr. Karp, for your unwavering support of ACES!! Anthony Tyrkala, Principal

I just wanted to congratulate you and thank you for all of your years of service and work on behalf of our community’s youth.  It has always been such a pleasure to work with you on important projects over the years.  I hope we can stay in touch and that our paths cross again for collaboration.  Wishing you only wonderful things in the future - MDCPS is better because of you and your contributions. Lisa Martinez

Dr. Karp, Just want to tell you that I am so proud to know you AND call you my friend. Your comments at the meeting last night truly demonstrated your commitment to all children in our district. Thank you for standing up for all of us who believe in equality of education for all students. Fondly, Kim Dr. Kim S. Rubin, Principal

Dear Dr. Karp, Thank you for your service!  It was a pleasure to have worked with you during my time at Treasure Island Elementary.  You were always there for us and it meant a lot.  You were a true asset to the board.  Wishing you much success and happiness in your next chapter. Respectfully, Sonia Cruz, Assistant Principal

Thank you, Dr. Karp for all your support and contributions during your years of service to Miami Dade County School Board.  It was a pleasure working with you during my years of employment in the Board Office. Best Regards, Olga L. Gonzàlez, MBA District Coordinator

Dr. Karp, I wanted you to know how impressed I was with your message today. It was clear that you are a person who is contemplative and in this for the right reason. As a citizen of this great city and an employee, I just had to share this with you. Make sure you post it on your web site and maybe even send to your colleagues. So many people would benefit from the thoughts and words you shared. Again, thank you for all you do! Thank you, Carmen Carmen B. Marinelli, Ed.D.

Thank you for bringing to us a program that really help students.  R Fontana Raymond L, Fontana, Principal

Dear Dr. Karp, It has been a real pleasure to have worked with you during your tenure as a School Board member.  You are a real pro and someone I admire. John LaBonia General Manager WLRN Public Media

Thank you for all that you did and continue to do!!!!! Melanie Fishman, Principal

Dr. Karp, You have always been an inspiration, a supporter, an educator and a gentleman!! Sincerely, M Maria T. Rodriguez, Principal

Thank you for your on-going support in our students’ development. Warm regards, Mrs. Janine Townsley, Principal

Thank you and I appreciate ALL of your support!  Thank you for always doing what is right for students! Have a fantastic day, Gloria P. Barnes, Principal

Dear Dr. Karp, Thank you! "Thank you" is one of those wonderful phrases people use to express a special gratitude. But there's often a lot more to it than those two words can say... It means thank you for taking the time to show that you care. Your delivery will not be forgotten. Indeed, with words we can either bring them up, or terribly hurt our children. Words must be utilized so very carefully. To a most successful year and the bright future of our children! Dr. Karmenchu Santana-Vega Assistant Principal / Community Ed.

Thank you for all your support and contributions to the entire Biscayne Beach faculty, staff, and students. Ms. K. Villalba-Belusic, Principal

It’s been a wonderful to work with you.   Thank you for all you have done for the students and our community.  Iraida R. Mendez-Cartaya, Associate Superintendent

Thanks for all you have done in your service to students and staff here at NMB. Randy Milliken, Principal

Dr. Karp, I just wanted to offer you a huge THANK YOU for stopping by the game yesterday.  I really appreciate it and our teachers were quite honored that you took the time to stop by.  It is a testament to the dedication and passion you have for your role as a leader within our school board and educational system.  Thank you again!! Luis Bello, Principal

Dr. Karp, Thank you for honoring us with your presence this evening as we celebrated an important milestone of our school. As a genuine advocate of SAS, I truly appreciate what you do on behalf of children. I sincerely appreciate you as both a professional and as a human being. Thank you for being a passionate advocate on behalf of children. Omar Monteagudo, J.D.

Dr. Karp- thank you so much for playing a role in our first Music Extravaganza!  Your support of our music program makes such a difference. Seriously since I have started this position you have been such an advocate.  Bill Reaney Director of Music

Dear Dr. Karp, Good Morning. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our students.  Always, Ginny Virginia Byrd

Dear Dr Karp I can't thank you enough for all you did to make that wonderful program happen today Warm regards Miriam "The question is not who is going to let me; it is who is going to stop me"-(Ayn Rand) Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff Director, Holocaust Studies Summer Teacher Institute/ School of Education

It’s been wonderful working with you. Thank you, Maria P. Costa, Principal