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Get to know: Kristin McKenzie

mckenzieWhen Kristin was younger, everyone told her she should be a teacher because of her natural ability with children. Because of that, she almost shied away from education as a career choice so that she could find her own path. But eventually, she came to her senses and realized that everyone was right—that a teacher is what she was meant to be. And just one visit to her classroom is proof that she is right where she is meant to be. Her calm, gentle demeanor lends itself to an organized yet relaxed classroom environment where students feel comfortable and encouraged.

After serving as a volunteer at her elementary school all through high school, Kristin attended Penn State where she majored in education. After moving for her husband’s job to North Carolina and Pittsburgh, the McKenzie family has settled in Jacksonville where Kristin claims the absolute best thing about living here is the weather.

“Everyone has been so welcoming,” stated Kristin. “So many people—parents and teachers—have stopped to offer help and to welcome me. It has been the best start to a school year I’ve ever had!”

IMG_1171Volunteerism is something she holds near and dear to her heart. Years ago, her grandfather founded a women’s shelter where she volunteered consistently beginning in middle school. After her grandfather’s death, the shelter named an award after him, which makes Kristin proud of the legacy he started.

As anyone with two young children knows, it’s hard to find time for personal hobbies. But Kristin’s favorite thing to do on her own time is play golf. She played all throughout high school and hopes to return to the game with the benefit of Florida’s year-round golf season.

Kristin and her husband, KR (a member of the Marine Corps) have two young sons—Noah, 3, and James, 1—as well as a beloved golden retriever named Emma. They love to do anything outdoors, whether it’s going to the beach, frequenting the park with their boys, swimming in their pool, or boating with their family in Birmingham, Alabama. Of course, football is big in their house, and they split their time rooting for Penn State, Auburn, and the Steelers.