Through unwavering dedication to others, school counselor Mrs. Jan Turner has helped build a strong support system for students and staff at Bancroft Elementary School. The pride and love Mrs. Turner has for her students is evident as soon as she enters a room.
As a school counselor, Mrs. Turner supports students, teachers, administrators, support staff, nurses, and parents alike. Each day, her role presents her with new challenges and triumphs, but during her 19 years working in Kennett Consolidated School District, Mrs. Turner’s passion for educational support has never faltered.
“My role at Bancroft Elementary School is truly rewarding. I have the opportunity to work with students at a very pivotal stage in their development,” Mrs. Turner explained. “It’s all about collaborating with colleagues and parents to help students solve problems and thrive academically and socially.”
Mrs. Turner started on her path to becoming a school counselor by attending Millersville University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary/special education. After graduation, Mrs. Turner pursued a professional certificate in secondary Spanish from Villanova University and earned her master’s degree in elementary counseling at West Chester University.
Before joining Kennett Consolidated School District, Mrs. Turner’s career as an educator led her on a journey around the world teaching special education and English as a second language. From travels within the United States, as well as to Puerto Rico and Mexico, Mrs. Turner has gained invaluable language skills and cultural understanding.
A love of other cultures and travel is a theme that runs strongly through Mrs. Turner’s family life, too. Her husband, Mr. Russell Turner, and her three sons, Alex, Brad, and Eric, all have the hearts of explorers. Russell is an environmental engineer, and he volunteers with Engineers Without Borders, managing projects in Peru and El Salvador. Her eldest son, Alex, is a chemical engineer, and her son Brad works in economics and finance and has traveled to almost 30 countries. Mrs. Turner’s youngest son, Eric, visited Japan as an exchange student before moving there after college to pursue a career as a computer engineer in Tokyo.
In her free time, Mrs. Turner enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with friends and extended family.
“Each day, I am given the opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life,” Mrs. Turner said. “Being able to help students and families overcome tough situations and working within such a wonderful and diverse community is truly amazing.”
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