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Dr. Donna Turner

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About The Counselor

It was not until Dr. Turner became a paraprofessional at Burdell Elementary School for the Bibb County School System in 1988 that she realized that her true passion was working with children. She was inspired to become a teacher by her belated mother. Florence Thomas Turner, who retired after teaching for 41 years. She was also inspired by her belated father, Calvin G. Turner, who was an athletic director and high school science teacher before becoming a business owner.

While working on her teacher certification in 1991, Dr. Turner worked for the Hancock County Board of Education, and remained in the school system for eight years, serving as a drama and dance teacher at Hancock Central Middle School. During this time, she implemented the first performing dance program in Rural Middle Georgia. Through this fine arts program, many students were afforded the opportunity to participate in the performing arts--an opportunity that was not offered to children in this community. Students were able to travel throughout Georgia and out-of-state to perform--building self-esteem and self-confidence in students. With the help of parents and friends, Dr. Turner made sure that every child who wanted to perform was given the opportunity to do so, whether they could afford to purchase costumes or not. More than 200 children in the Hancock County Public School System participated in the dance program and a large number of students participated in dramatic productions. Dr. Turner received a Fine Arts Award from the Hancock Central Middle School for her student's outstanding performance in the musical 'The Wiz'.

Dr. Turner later came to the Bibb-County Public Schools in 1999 as a drama and dance teacher at Ballard-Hudson Middle School. She implemented the performing tap and modern dance program at Ballard-Hudson Middle School, providing opportunities for students to perform for other schools, parades, and major programs in Bibb County. More than 75 students participated in a single drama production performed at Ballard-Hudson Middle School. During the two years that Dr. Turner was employed at Ballard-Hudson Middle, over 400 children were given an opportunity to actually participate in dramatic productions. Some of the musicals she produced included Give My Regards To Broadway, Little Red Riding Hood, Aesop Fables, Lovin' Kindness, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Dr. Turner was elected 'Teacher of the Year' at Ballard-Hudson Middle School for 2002.

In 2002, Dr. Turner became a school counselor at Morgan Elementary School--loving every minute of working with children, parents, educators, and community agencies. She often try to encourage parents to cherish the time they have with their families, especially the time that they have with their children, many times sharing her experience and lessons learned from raising and losing her son in a tragic and unexpected accident. She emphasize that we never know the time or hour of our last meeting, and that each day should be lived with our love ones as if it were the last.

Dr. Turner was recognized for outstanding service in counseling and was awarded the 2008 RAMP designation at King-Danforth Elementary School. RAMP stands for Recognized ASCA Model Program (ASCA is the American School Counselors Association). The designation recognizes the school's counseling program for exemplary work in providing the school and its community the very best counseling program and services through a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. 'Receiving the RAMP designation means you are the BEST of the BEST! It shows that your school's program is data driven to meet the needs of your school.

Dr. Turner was a graduate of Hancock Central High School in Sparta, GA. She completed a degree in Business Administration in 1984, a Master of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education in 1995, and a Master of Science Degree in School Counseling in 1997, all from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA. Dr. Turner's received her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership & Change from The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA in July, 2000. Dr. Turner's dissertation is entitled, 'The Developmental Experiences of Students in a Dance Program at a Rural Middle School'. Also, she is a self-published author of Christian Gift and Grief Books.

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