Linden McKenzie originally trained as a plant scientist, studying the ecology of plants, insects, and microbes in forests and farm crops. Inspired by an AmeriCorps year providing nature-based education to schools in central Massachusetts, Linden left their path in biotech research to explore outdoor education as a Mass Audubon educator. Linden began their journey as a classroom teacher in 2017 at City on a Hill charter high school in Roxbury, completing their M.Ed. at Boston University while teaching biology, chemistry, and physics. In joining Conservatory Lab this year, Linden is excited to bring their expertise in hands-on learning to the middle school level, where we explore many fields of science in every year! Outside the classroom, Linden loves to read sci-fi and fantasy stories. They live in Jamaica Plain with their two dogs, Amber and Jazz.
“My goal this year is for all my students to see themselves as doing science, not just learning about science. Science is not a collection of facts — it’s a toolkit for everyone that opens many doors in life. I want my students to feel empowered by their ability to use scientific reasoning and make judgments based on evidence.”