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From the Archives: Norma Mackenzie: Innovative Science Teacher and Computer Pioneer
Posted 04/09/2018 02:30PM

“Education was the lucky winner when Norma Nuttall Mackenzie decided to teach. Of course, as a woman interested in science in the 1960s, she basically had only three choices: education, nursing, or medical technology.” 

That quote comes from a nomination for Norma Mackenzie in 1996 as the Faculty Exceptional Performance Award winner. Norma, who joined Country Day as a science teacher in 1970, retired in 2006, after more than three decades of inspired teaching, curriculum innovation, and deep dedication to her students and colleagues. Among her many innovations and contributions, Norma was a driving force behind the hands-on “C.D. By the Sea” Coastal Awareness Camp at Litchfield Beach to teach students about ecology and coastal preservation in the 1980s.

She was also a computer pioneer. As colleges began to incorporate computer use into science labs in the early 1980s, Norma became the first area chemistry teacher to computerize her Chem I labs. She continued to help the school usher in new technology like scanners, modems, and Internet access and she ran a popular summer program. Demanding, yet fun, Norma made an impact on generations of Country Day students. 

 

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