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Lori McKenzie (seated, right) is enjoying her new role as principal at Black Rock High School. With her are students (from left) D. J. King, Hope O'Barts and Nakesha Riley.
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New BRHS principal enjoying role

Gretchen Hunt

Lori McKenzie, who recently completed her first nine weeks as Black Rock High School principal, said she looks forward to working with the staff and students at BRHS every day.

"The transition has gone very smoothly," McKenzie said. "I have a dynamic group of staff members who are very supportive and do an outstanding job! BRHS has a great group of students who are also supportive of my new position."

McKenzie taught at BRHS for 11 years prior to becoming principal. During that time, she taught English for seventh through 12th grade, oral communications I, journalism and ALE English.

While she still teaches, the bulk of her responsibility is now administrative. She said filling that role is made easier by having an excellent staff.

"The best memories of the first nine weeks would have to be all of the hard work that the entire staff has done to make the school year run smoothly," she said. "They are very dedicated to the students and their education."

She also credits the students for making her job enjoyable.

"The students have made the first nine weeks memorable by striving to do well and excelling in the classroom," she said.

McKenzie holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Arkansas State University and spent 10 years in the field of social work prior to earning her bachelor's degree in education from ASU in May of 2001.

She earned National Board Certification in November of 2009 and completed her master's degree in education in December of the same year. In May of 2010, she completed the Principal Program of Study at ASU.

McKenzie said she is grateful to her family, all of the staff at Black Rock School, the students, their parents and the community for helping to make her transition to BRHS principal a smooth one.

She is the daughter of Barbara Broadway of Smithville and the late Larry Broadway. She and her husband, Scott McKenzie, live in Strawberry and have three children, Amy McKenzie Whitener, Cody McKenzie and Caleb McKenzie.

Amy, who graduated at BRHS in 2009, will graduate from ASU in December with a degree in public relations. She was married this summer to Bobby Whitener and lives in Jonesboro.

Cody graduated from BRHS in 2010 and earned an associate's degree at UACCB. He is a junior at ASU, where he is majoring in business.

Caleb is a junior at Black Rock High School.

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