“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” is a quote by Pulitzer-winning American author Mary Oliver — Jennifer McKenzie lives by it.
It’s clear from her CV. McKenzie is not only this year’s recipient of the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Programme. She’s also a five-time Teacher of the Year winner, librarian media specialist at the Siuslaw School District in Oregon, Portland, and a former medical service corps officer for the US Army.
The next stop in this illustrious streak is to take her knowledge on education and digital literacy abroad. Her plan is to explore reading advocacy, digital literacy and research and technology integration.
We caught up with McKenzie to learn more about why she pivoted from medicine to education, her Fulbright programme and what the future holds for her: