SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / September 2006 / Doug McKenzie - New Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment
Doug McKenzie - New Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment
So you grew up in Medford?
I was born and raised in Medford. I graduated from Medford Senior High School.
Where did you attend college?
I was recruited by the track coach at Spokane Community College and spent two years there. He had contacts at other four-year schools, but I really liked the track coach at University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I had a scholarship there and earned my bachelorís and masterís degree in Physical Education and Sports Psychology. I spent three years coaching at Utah also.
What attracted you to teaching?
It was natural to work in athletics in a high school climate. After five years in Utah I returned to Medford where I was offered a teaching and coaching position at Medford Mid-High.
You have held several administrative jobs in Medford schools. What was the sequence?
I taught at Mid-High and stayed on when it became South Medford High. I got involved in staff development because I felt I could impact more kids by being involved in teacher development. I became the Talented and Gifted Coordinator and Dean at Wilson Elementary in Medford. I worked as assistant principal at McLoughlin Middle School and then went to Kennedy Elementary as the principal. I returned to Mac as the principal for several years and then accepted the principal position at North Medford High. I have been in the Medford district for 26 years.
What other professional experiences have you had?
I wore several hats in Medford while serving as principal. For a couple of years I was the district athletic director. I have been involved in staff development and new teacher mentoring training also.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
My wife and I really like to bicycle. We have toured parts of Canada and much of the western United States. We just returned from a 10-day ride through Central Washington. We also like to ski; both cross-country and downhill, snowshoe, travel and play with grandchildren.
What do you find most rewarding about your work in schools?
As a building principal, I enjoyed developing systems that support teachers and students. I want to continue to serve as a resource to educators at the ESD. Both teachers and administrators can be in isolating situations. I want to encourage collaboration between individuals and schools so we can learn from each other to provide a better educational system for our communities.
What is your dream?
I believe that education provides hope for people and is the answer for a better life. I dream of contributing to a culture of continuous improvement that provides all students the opportunity to achieve at high levels.