June 19, 2018

Judy Turner, author of 9th Grade English, is a 33-year-English-teaching veteran. She completed her undergraduate work at Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado) and finished her Master’s degree at The Citadel. Her experience at all secondary levels of English teaching from grade 7 to grade 13 has been strengthened over the years through her association with the Kern/Eastern Sierra Writing Project (3 time fellow, ’81, ’84, ’87), NEH Summer Seminar (fellow, 2000) and professional organizations including NCTE, CATE, IATE, and NCEA. A favorite presenter at professional conferences since the early 1980’s and a contract staff development coordinator for individual schools in both California and Illinois, she has focused on topics such as “Prewriting: The Key to Good Writing” and “The Writing Process.” Her nominations for Illinois Teacher of the Year and Disney Teacher of the Year and her award as Part Time Faculty Member of the Year at Cerro Coso Community College (Ridgecrest, CA) and Teacher of the Year at Schlarman High School (Danville, IL) all demonstrate the support of administrators, parents and students throughout her career. Committed to the principle that good teachers of writing model writing for their students, she has published articles in the journals of both CATE and IATE, a monograph for the Kern/Eastern Sierra Writing Project, and is presently editing a student-written publication about an important senior citizen whose influence on her present high school has been inspirational to alumnae and present students. With no plans to even consider retirement, she hopes to continue both writing and publishing while pushing her students to use their high school education for lifetime success.