New Leadership to Deliver Optimum Results for Our Community

Professional Background

After high school, I received degrees from Lakewood Community College (A.A. in Vocal Performance), St. Cloud State University (B.A. in Economics), UW River Falls (M.A.T. in U.S. History), and St. Mary’s University (Ed.D. in Educational Leadership).


Upon earning my Economics degree, I spent a few years selling investment accounts at Midwest Federal, then went back to school to get licensed to teach.  I have been an educator for 32 years, predominately in White Bear Lake Area Schools.


Most of my time at White Bear Lake Area Schools has been spent teaching U.S. Government, Civics, Economics, and serving as a Work Experience Coordinator, as well as coaching baseball and starting the Girls’ Varsity Hockey program.  Last year, I went back into the classroom teaching Economics and U.S. Government as well as again being a Work Experience Coordinator after being on leave from my teaching duties for eight years.  


For the previous eight years I was on leave while holding the position of President of the White Bear Lake Teachers’ Association.  During this time I obtained a certification in human resources and became a Society for Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).  In my position as WBLTA President, I ran an organization of 550-600+ members, facilitated a 20-person leadership team, led approximately 40 building stewards, and managed an annual budget of about $650,000.  I actively participated in state politics through my leadership positions in Education Minnesota and my association with the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation.

Personal Introduction

Hello, my name is Michael McKenzie, and I'm running for City of Birchwood Village Mayor.


I grew up in White Bear Lake in the Sunrise Park neighborhood and attended Bellaire Elementary, Sunrise Junior High, and Mariner High School.  I come from a large family that has a long history of community involvement and political activism.  For example, I have been active in community volunteering through coaching baseball, softball, hockey, and basketball for my siblings and my children.


I married my high school sweetheart, Julie, and we lived in St. Paul for a few years.  In 1994 we were lucky enough to be able to purchase our current house at 509 Lake Ave.  It was made even better because when I was young, I had hung out at the neighbors’ house swimming and boating with Guy and Maryetta Coursolle’s sons, Todd and Joe.


Julie and I raised our three children in Birchwood: Tori, Will, and Grayson.