Wendy Turner

Guest Blogger

Second-Grade Teacher, Mt. Pleasant Elementary School

Wilmington, Delaware

Wendy Turner teaches second grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware. She is passionate about connecting learning in the classroom to the real world. Deeply committed to social-emotional learning, she guides her students to embody respect, empathy, citizenship and growth mindset through dynamic classroom experiences. She advocates for educating the whole child, trauma invested learning, and equitable school breakfast practices. She is a 2016 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Teaching Science, the 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year, a 2018 NEA Foundation Excellence in Education Award Recipient, a 2019 NEA Foundation Global Fellow and a No Kid Hungry School Breakfast Fellow.

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Posted Sep. 3, 2019

Here’s Why I Say No to Recess Detention, and You Should, Too

Recess Detention. The low-hanging fruit of punishments. The easiest thing to take away from a child because they owe us…

By Wendy Turner

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Posted Mar. 4, 2019

Free Breakfast for Every Student Just Makes a Lot of Sense

Every day, I strive to create a positive, welcoming and equitable learning environment where my students can be themselves, access…

By Wendy Turner

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Posted Dec. 20, 2018

December Can Be Tough. Let’s Bring Empathy and Grace Into Our Schools in the New Year

Everyday moments have the power to transform our thinking around the most important ideas in education. I was stopped cold…

By Wendy Turner

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Posted Sep. 12, 2018

How Opening Up to My Colleagues Made Me Realize Social-Emotional Learning Isn’t Just For Students

Faculty meetings. What comes to mind when you hear those two words? Earlier this year, I experienced an extraordinary faculty…

By Wendy Turner

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Posted Sep. 21, 2020

Advocating for My Students Requires Being Political on My Own Time

With election season upon us, like clockwork, the collective efforts to stifle the political opinions of educators has begun. Navigating this climate requires a nuanced…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 23, 2020

We Must Vote for the Candidates Who Will Implement the Right Policies for Our Kids

I first met Shennell McCloud when she was Director of Recruitment, and then as Director of Advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, a charter school network…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 22, 2020

I Hope I Never Lose Another Student to Suicide

“I’m going to end it!” Unsure of what I heard, I questioned back, “End what?”  Her response was, “My life!” This brief encounter led to…

By Jill Miesner

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