Our 4th/5th Grade Teacher – Mrs. Jessica Turner
As a child, I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. In high school, I applied for the NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship and was awarded a full ride to East Carolina University in 2008 to begin fulfilling that dream. I graduated from ECU in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education and began teaching in my hometown of Hope Mills, NC, where I taught for 5 years. Because I love to continually learn, I decided to pursue my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and completed it in 2017 from Gardner-Webb University. In 2017, my husband and I decided to make Wilmington our home. I taught 4th and 5th grade in Wilmington for three years before I went back to school again to add on the AIG Licensure and became the AIG Specialist for K-5 at Blair Elementary from 2020-2023.
My husband and I welcomed our son, Sutton, in January 2020. We have two Golden Retrievers named Ella Grace and Airlie who are six and one and a half, respectively. In my spare time, I love to read, go out on our boat, go to the beach, travel and shop!
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, East Carolina University (2012)
- Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, Gardner-Webb University (2017)
- NC K-6 Teaching License
- Academically or Intellectually Gifted Licensure (2020)
- 5 years in Cumberland County Schools teaching 2nd and 4th grades
- 6 years in New Hanover County Schools and UNCW teaching 4th and 5th grades with 3 of those years as the gifted specialist at Blair Elementary.
- NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship recipient
- 2015 Teacher of the Year for Alderman Road Elementary
Two WAAS students create app, win 2022 Congressional App Challenge in North Carolina’s Seventh District
Congratulations to 8th Grader Atiksh Bhan, and his older brother Samin Bhan (WAAS Alumni) for their impressive work creating and implementing the Lookupp App that is making a difference for students in New Hanover County. They won the 2022 Congressional App Challenge...
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