Craig McKenzie » About Me

About Me

Welcome to my page.
I began my teaching career in Bledsoe county at Mary V. Wheeler School in 1998 where I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science and spelling. My kidneys failed in early 1999 and I had to resign my position.  A few years later, I began teaching in the Loudon county school system.  I taught 4th and 5th grade math, science, and K-5 technology at Steekee Elementary before moving to Eaton Elementary where I was the preK-4 technology teacher.  Due to continuing health problems I retired and became a full time substitute and subbed at Philadelphia School, Steekee Elementary, Eaton Elementary, Loudon Elementary, Fort Loudon Middle School.  In 2015 I joined the Sweetwater City School system when I accepted a job at Brown Intermediate School teaching 6th grade Math.  One year I taught 6th grade science in addition to the math classes I was teaching.  I moved to Sweetwater Jr. High School for the 2019-2020 school year and taught 7th grade science until the pandemic hit.  At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year my medical team decided it was too dangerous for me to be in the classroom, so November 2020 I resigned my position.  Eventually, I took a job at the Y12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.  I truly am a teacher at heart, and could not stay away from the classroom.  When I found out about the Credit Recovery Position at Sweetwater High School I applied.  I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work with students in the Sweetwater area once again. 
I am married to my wonderful wife Tonya, who is also a teacher.  We have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.  Caleb, our oldest, is the head of maintenance at Concord Marina. He is married to Tori, and they have two children, Liam and Violet.  Breann, our daughter is currently going to TTU with plans to become a nurse practitioner.  Sean is a senior here at SHS. He plans to become a large animal vet.  Aiden, our youngest, is a freshman at SHS this year.  
2010-Masters of Arts in Instructional Leadership- Tennessee Technological University
          Administration License
1998-Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education- Tennessee Technological University
          Teaching License with the following certifications:
          Earth Science Certification 7th through 12th grades
          Biology Certification 7th through 12th grades
          Elementary Education Certification 1st through 8th grades
1990-Honors Diploma- Harriman High School
Hobbies and Interests
I live on a small family run farm with cows, hogs, goats, donkeys, chickens, cats, and dogs.  We try to grow as much of our own food as possible.  I enjoy being outside and working with the animals.  We raise bees and last year harvested some honey.  
I also enjoy collecting and working on old cars and trucks.  Current old vehicles include a 49 Ford F-3, a 50 Ford F-3, a 64 VW bug (Aiden's), 2 67 Mustangs, 76 Jeep CJ-5 (Sean's), 76 ford F-350 (Sean's), 78 F-150 4X4 (Caleb's), 79 Ford F-150, (Sean's), 80 Ford F-350 (Sean's), 85 Ford F-350 (Sean's), 87 F-250 (Sean's).  
Class Schedule
1st-AP Psychology
2nd-Credit Recovery/ Online Learning
3rd-Credit Recovery/ Online Learning
4th-AP Psychology
5th-Physical Science
6th- Planning
7th-Physical Science
8th-Credit Recovery/ Online Learning
For questions about class material or homework, please contact me during my planning time Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:10 until 1:10.
You can also reach me through email at any time.
I am the faculty sponsor for the SHS Car Club.
We will be meeting on alternating Tuesdays at 3:00, and every other Friday during Seminar (6th Period).  All students are invited to join the club.  Our goal to to foster a love of cars and trucks by learning to work on and maintain them.