March 7, 2014
Contact: Maria Sanguinetti
UMass Dartmouth Boivin Center Spring program begins in March with lecture from the 2013 Teacher of the Year
Kathleen Turner will speak about the importance of teaching
The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth spring program begins with Kathleen Turner, Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2013 speaking about the importance of teaching on Monday, March 24, 2014 in the Grand Reading Room at the Claire T. Carney Library at 4 PM.
Ms. Turner has been a teacher of French at Sharon High School since graduating from Harvard University in 1994. At an early age, she became enthralled with teaching French and pursued her life-long dream upon graduation from this prestigious university.
Ms. Turner realized at the beginning of her teaching career that learning extended beyond the classroom. Besides becoming involved in the extracurricular activities of her students, she has also traveled annually with her students to Paris and to Quebec City. Kathleen has also set up a student exchange program with Rouen, France.
Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester, when presenting her with the teacher of the year award, praised Ms. Turner for her leadership and exceptional teaching which enriched the lives of her students and prepared them for life beyond high school. Her success is noted in the fact that ninety per cent of her one hundred twenty-three students taking the College board AP exam in French in the past six years have scored a three or higher.
This educator also realizes and speaks of the difficulty teachers face daily and has issued an invitation to lawmakers to shadow a teacher in two districts of their constituency-one a well-performing district, the other an underperforming one- to better understand the complexity of education in today's school.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in parking lot 13. For more information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-991-5096.