Brooke MacKenzie is a learning specialist at Riverdale Country School in New York, and works with students in first through third grades to improve their reading and writing skills. She also has a private tutoring practice, and provides literacy support to students of all ages after school. She loves all things literacy, and in her spare time can usually be found either reading or writing. She has a master’s degree in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Brooke started her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member, and she was a regional semifinalist for the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching. She taught kindergarten, first, and second grades in public and charter schools before making the transition to learning specialist. She also spent two years in Bangkok, Thailand, creating the curriculum for an international school’s preschool program.
Her writing has appeared in Literacy Today, Teacher Magazine, Independent School Magazine, and Ed: The Magazine of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in New York City with her husband, and has recently finished writing her first book as a way to pass the crazy amount of time that she spends on public transportation.