Jim McKenzie holds an M.Ed. from the University of Florida. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both the public and private school setting. He currently serves as the Principal of The Rock School in Gainesville, Florida, where he has been employed since 1999. In the past five years, Jim has doubled the school's enrollment, increased tuition by more than 50%, and maintains parent satisfaction scores in the top 10% of schools on the PSRS.Jim is also a motivational speaker and consultant and is a frequent workshop presenter at numerous schools and conferences including the International Reading Conference and the American Educational Research Conference. He has published work in The Elementary School Journal and Teachers of Vision and authored the Environmental Science standards for the National Boy Scouts Association. He was a finalist for SECME's National Teacher of the Year Award for his work in developing a science program aimed at reaching minority students. He has been married to his wife, Hannah, for 13 years, and they have four boys - ages 8, 5, 3, and 1.