Autism Awareness Month
Welcome To Turlington!
The first day at a new school can be scary for some people. At Turlington, we do not want that to happen. Student Council (which I am in) sets up a "New Student Social" where we give the new students cookies and juice while we talk to them and make them feel at home. We do that regularly for all the new students who have joined here over the past few months. We also welcome the new student with a tour of our school. We show them our library, music, the gym, the cafeteria and their classroom. Along the way we learn their name, where they came from and things that they are interested in. Many parents join in on the tour as well, this is our first chance to make these new kids feel right at home.
Many students at the social say they already have friends and they like the social, the school, and everyone in the school. Very few are shy, and the ones who are not, talk about how they are doing in school and what they like about it. Student Council is very proud to have such an impact on all of the new students here at Turlington.
Teacher of the Year - Gwen Theriot
I am humbled and honored to be chosen as Turlington Elementary’s Teacher of the Year. I can say, without a doubt, that we are a faculty and staff passionate about working with the precious children placed in our care each day. I take pride in being a part of the family at Turlington Elementary for we have so many outstanding teachers, and I’m grateful for the strong feeling of teamwork and unity that I’ve experienced here. This is my 24th year as an educator, and inspiring children to have a love for learning still touches my heart. I am thankful to have this opportunity and to represent my school as 2015 Teacher of the Year.
Rookie of the Year - Lori Johnson
I am extremely honored to be chosen as Turlington’s 2014-2015 “Rookie of the Year.” This is my 2nd year to be a part of the Turlington team and each day has been a blessing. I truly LOVE my job and the daily rewards that come with it. TES makes it feel like you are family and I know that every decision is for the kids. Teaching these kids is not always just about the academics of what you teach them; it is about being there to listen to them when they need you. My co-workers and I often talk about how these kids will give us more happiness and gratification than anything we could ever give them. Teaching truly is a rewarding job and I enjoy coming to work each and every day. Again, I am honored to be chosen as Turlington’s “Rookie of the Year” there are so many others that are deserving of this title.
Paraprofessional of the Year - Tracy White
I am very honored to be named Turlington’s Paraprofessional of the Year for 2015. This honor is very humbling for me. My co-workers are a fantastic group of people who are always willing to help each other out. Being a Paraprofessional is very rewarding. I get to work with students in small groups or one on one. It’s amazing to see how much they have learned from the first day of school to the end of the year. Turlington is an absolute blessing in my life! I hope my journey continues here for many more years. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity to represent Turlington as Paraprofessional of the Year.