Heartland Administrator/Board Workshop to be Held Thursday, October 3, 2019

Members of Heartland Christian Schools’ Administrators and Board Members  are invited to attend the Administrator/Board Workshop on Thursday, October 3, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Jim McKenzie will be leading the workshop that evening in the science building, classroom SB1168.


Jim McKenzie holds an M.Ed. from the University of Florida.  He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both public and private school settings.  He currently serves as the Headmaster of The Rock School, a PK-12 Christian school in Gainesville, Florida, where he has been employed for the past 20 years.

Jim is also a motivational speaker and consultant and has done keynotes and workshops at numerous schools and conferences including the International Reading Conference, the American Educational Research Conference, the Ontario Christian Schools National Conference, and the League of Christian Schools National Conference.  He has published work in The Elementary School Journal and Teachers of Vision.  He was a finalist for SECME’s National Teacher of the Year Award for his work in developing a science program aimed at reaching minority students.

Over the past 10 years, he has tripled enrollment, increased revenue five-fold, and helped his school earn a net promoter score higher than many well-known brands including Apple, Amazon, and Disney.

Jim currently serve as the marketing & enrollment consultant for the Van Lunen Center, an organization that provides world-class executive management training for heads of Christian schools.

In February, Jim delivered his first Ted Talk, “Future Ready Schools,” which can now be seen on the Tedx channel on Youtube.

Jim is passionate about strengthening Christian schools by encouraging and equipping its leaders.

He lives in Florida with his wife, Hannah, and their 5 children.


More information on Manny Scott

Introducing Mr. Manny Scott:

Speaker, Author, and Servant Leader

Manny Scott is an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie, Freedom Writers. By age 16, his story was almost over: his father was incarcerated, he dropped out of school, had lived in 26 places, and his best friend had been brutally murdered. But he turned the page and began writing new, more fulfilling chapters in his life—chapters filled with healing, hope, perseverance, and possibility.

He is now happily married, a father of three, a homeschool teacher, a Ph.D. student, an author, an aviator, and one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers. Through his Power of One Keynote, his How to REACH Youth Today Seminar, and his Turn the Page Assemblies, Manny has empowered nearly two million people to improve the quality of not only their now lives, but also the lives of those around them; he has helped thousands of schools raise student achievement and leader efficacy in 49 states and five continents; and, he has helped prevent thousands of dropouts and suicides.

Mr. Scott is the author of several books: Even on Your Worst Day You Can Be a Student’s Best Hope, a book published with ASCD that shows what an individual teacher can do to help troubled, underperforming children believe in themselves, succeed in school, and graduate prepared for work and life; Speak!, a book that teaches you how to make a difference and a living as a professional speaker; and, Turning the Page, his memoir that he only makes available to people who hear him speak in person.