2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year, Wendy Turner
We would like to congratulate Delaware’s Teacher of the Year, Wendy Turner.
Wendy is a second grade teacher at Mount Pleasant Elementary School. She tells us about how teaching wasn’t her first career and what it was like to receive such an honorable title.
After graduating college, Wendy worked at a large CPA firm in a big city. Thirteen years later, she realized she did not want to work for Corporate America anymore.
“Growing up, I never thought I would teach. I dreamt of of becoming a businessperson, sitting at a desk, doing what I believed was important,” Wendy says. “Being a parent greatly changed my perspective and was a significant factor in influencing my deep desire to do something more meaningful. I wanted to be a teacher.”
At 40-years-old, she made a career change and she’s happier than ever. There were 20 other teachers being considered for the award as well.
“It was a shock. There was a pause and everything was quiet. Then I realized ‘oh my gosh, I’ve won this.'”
Wendy says it felt surreal because she’s only been teaching for six years, but she thinks that people understand why she’s in it and why she’s doing it and is making a positive impact on society.