Paula Mckenzie has been practicing in Education for the past 36 years. She graduated from Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) with combined degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education. During her teaching career with the Chignecto Central School Board in Nova Scotia, Canada she taught various grade levels including Grades five, three, two and Special Education. In the year 2003, the school board awarded Ms. McKenzie a one year sabbatical leave for study. During this time, she completed her Masters of Education in Literacy at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Besides classroom responsibilities, Ms. McKenzie worked for her Board as a Literacy Mentor in which she helped other teachers implement curriculum in their classrooms. She also served as a Literacy Liaison, preparing and presenting inservicing of Board initiatives to her teaching peers. In retirement, she was rehired over a two-year period by the School Board to serve as a Literacy Consultant. Her duties involved working with small groups of children aged 6 to 8 over a period of 25 days to help them improve their reading, writing and spelling skills. Ms. McKenzie recently joined Maple Bear Canada as a teacher-training consultant.