Michael S. McKenzie
A Successful Transition
Like many youth, Michael S. McKenzie faced challenges in his younger days, but his middle school health teacher and coach never gave up on him.
"I was a high school drop-out who was lost in drugs and alcohol," said McKenzie, a sergeant in the West Virginia Army National Guard. He recently secured a position teaching Health with the West Virginia Mountaineer ChalleNGe Acedemy in Kingwood, W.Va. with the help of the Troops to Teachers North Atlantic Region Office. Those early lessons have stayed with McKenzie and now enhance his effectiveness as a teacher at the academy.
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Teaching is a Passion forged by Service
Brian Marinelli didn’t know what he was going to do after he retired from the Air Force until he spent time as a volunteer in his daughter’s classroom. After that experience, he knew he wanted to be a school teacher.
Brian retired as a Senior Master Sergeant after 23 years in the Air Force, and is now in his seventh year as an elementary school teacher in Boise, Idaho. He is currently teaching fifth- and sixth-grade gifted students. He teaches three different math courses, two science, and one language arts course each day.
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