Jock Mackenzie was a teacher and administrator for the Red Deer Public School board for 31 years. Since retiring he has been doing contract work as well as speaking at teacher conventions and conferences. For the past four years, he has been the Program Co-ordinator for Reading College, a month-long program held in July at Red Deer College. In September of 2014, he was called out of retirement to become the acting principal at Red Deer’s Ecole Oriole Park Elementary.
In February, 2007, he published his first book titled Essay Writing: Teaching the Basics from the Ground Up. It is available from Pembroke Publishing. Jock’s second teacher reference book is titled Poetry and Song and is currently out looking for a publisher. As well as educational writing, Jock has written an adult fiction novel Dealing With Dymans. It could best be described as a crime drama. It too awaits publication.
Jock understands that teachers are “dancing as fast as they can.” He is having a difficult time leaving the world of education behind so he has decided to spend this part of his life trying to help teachers help themselves. In his sessions Jock shares the many proven activities that he has used as well as ones that he has borrowed and found to be successful.
In the words of Tom Cruise from the movie Jerry McGuire – “Help me, help you.” – Jock is not as interested in substantial fees for his speaking engagements, but in travel to different parts of the country to aid teachers. Call him.
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