Teaching is "my calling." I grew up among educators and have roots in Jackson and Walton Counties. My father served thirty years in the Army. He is now retired and enjoys working in his church and spending time with his grandchildren; my mother is a retired high school teacher, and all of her sisters are current or former teachers. These special people were and still are significant influences in my life.
My degrees are from Chipola Junior College and the University of West Florida. I have spent my entire career in developmental education. I began teaching in 1985. My philosophy is that if one has a desire to achieve and is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve, success can be attained. My role as instructor, then, is to ensure a learning environment conducive to growth and success.
I am strongly committed to the mission of Florida's community colleges. The open admissions policy gives all students, regardless of previous academic standing, an opportunity to pursue higher education.
Aside from being a college instructor, I am also a wife and mother. My husband, Derald Turner, and I have three daughters: Raina, Rasheeta, and Jacinda. My stepson, Da'reld, adds extra testosterone to the household during his bimonthly visits. I am a member of Celebrate New Life Tabernacle Outreach and Family Worship Center, where my pastor is Joseph W. Henderson. In fulfilling the will of God for my life, in addition to teaching at this wonderful college, I am currently a master's degree student at the Center for Biblical Studies with plans to go into the ministry. My spiritual mentors are Dr. Charles Stanley, Prophetess Juanita Bynum Weeks, Sister Beth Moore, and Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson.
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."