McKenzie grew up in Wisconsin on her family’s dairy farm and earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. During college, McKenzie worked for the U.S. Department of Education in communications and outreach where she collaborated with students, parents, teachers, and school leaders on how to best prepare students for their futures. She taught high school agricultural science in Green Bay, Wisconsin before moving to Washington, DC two years ago. Upon moving to DC, McKenzie worked for a non-profit focusing on education program development and creating agricultural literacy resources. Her desire to work with students on a daily basis led her back to the classroom, where she strives to foster an environment where all students can grow and succeed.
McKenzie enjoys teaching science because of its complexity and the way it can help students make sense of the world around them. While McKenzie loves the content of science, her favorite aspect of teaching is connecting with her students and helping them reach their full potential in a way that works best for them.
In her spare time, McKenzie enjoys reading, baking, and trying out DC’s new restaurants.