Ms. Turner retired from teaching in 2021 after more than 40 years as a music educator at Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
BOWIE, MD, September 01, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Deborah A. Turner with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Ms. Turner celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Ms. Turner retired from teaching in 2021 after more than 40 years as a music educator at Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Anne Arundel, Maryland. Hired in 1979, shortly after graduating from college, she taught various grade levels, bands, and an orchestra, occasionally led small ensembles after school, and was involved in curriculum planning for the school's music program. Ms. Turner also served as the department chair between 1999 and 2021, mentoring numerous future music educators, and was recognized for establishing the TriM Music Honor Society on campus.
Looking toward the future, Ms. Turner aims to continue mentoring future music educators in retirement. She has already developed a significant rapport with many former students and colleagues, and enjoys keeping in touch.
As a leader in her community, Ms. Turner served as a secretary and past president for her local chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. She also raised funds through the TriM Music Honor Society to be distributed to other organizations in order to help promote music. Furthermore, Ms. Turner has lent her time and expertise to her local county as a band and orchestra leader.
Ms. Turner graduated from Syracuse University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Music Education. She has been active in her professional community as a member of the Stake Music Educators board and as a member, past president, and former public relations chair for the Maryland Music Educators Association.
Recognized for her hard work, Ms. Turner was twice nominated for Teacher of the Year in 1998 and 2008. She also received the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award in 2008. Ms. Turner attributes her success in music education to her lifelong passion for the field, the inspiration she received from her teachers while coming of age, and being in the right place at the right time.
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