Margo McKenzie

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After thirty-three years of dedicated service as an educator and administrator, I continue to teach and inspire through the gift of writing.

Educator Makes Encore Performance as Storyteller

By Margo Janet McKenzie At six o’clock one evening came Cynthia Goodison Tompkins taking deliberate steps and steadied by a thick black cane as she walked toward the church where she would sit to talk about one of her second acts in life–storytelling. Tompkins, whose first act was teaching for 30 years, boasts about working […]Read More

Phyllis Bowdwin: Retired Educator Makes an Encore Performance

By Margo McKenzie An oral tradition that goes back thousands of years to the ancestral lands of Africa came alive last month when Phyllis Bowdwin took center stage at Lincoln Center during the acclaimed Moth* annual storytelling showcase.   Bowdwin, a retired educator, is an heir to the griots of long ago who passed down […]Read More

Ron Edmonds 113 Students Sharpen Their Dr. King Voices

Submitted by Margo McKenzie, Founder of giftofletters.com Ten contestants competed in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center 113 in Fort Greene on Thursday, February 15, 2017. Principal Ms. D. Daughtry welcomed an enthusiastic, expectant audience of students, teachers and parents after which sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders wielded their […]Read More

Six Firms Designated as Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises to

On Friday, January 13th Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, conducted a roundtable with the six newly announced Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) firms selected to build affordable housing on six sites owned by the city. Forty-one firms applied. Prior to the roundtable, Mayor Bill de Blasio chatted individually with the MWBE […]Read More