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Congratulations to Dorrie Turner – 2021 R.E.B Awards for Teaching Excellence winner

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Dorrie Turner holding an award in a classroom between two faculty members.

 

Dorrie Turner of James River High won $14,200 to visit Greece and Italy to research Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” discovering how it came to represent a complex moment of change between old and new worlds.

According to a former colleague, “To work with and watch Dorrie Turner teach is a privilege. Just a simple conversation with her is effective professional development.” Turner is intentional about using evidence-based practices to teach her students and strives to stay up to date on the most effective approaches to improve her teaching, blending in new practices seamlessly with techniques that already work for her. She is always willing to share her techniques with her department and professional learning community.

With a warm presence and a good sense of humor, Turner centers her classroom around high engagement, confidence building and helping students realize their potential. She meets students where they are. Students who may be behind or struggling can depend on her for extra help during study hall, office hours or even an alternative assignment to help them show what they know. Turner believes her job as an English teacher isn’t just teaching reading and writing. It’s also about giving her students the skills to identify problems, ask questions and develop solutions.

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