School: Paloma Elementary School District
School District: Paloma Elementary School District
City, State: Gila Bend, AZ
Music that Describes Kristin
Kristin Turner was nominated by her colleague, Chris Sanchez.
Ms. Turner is the epitome of what great leadership is all about in this day and age. Each and every day, she dedicates herself to making a beneficial difference in the lives of her students.
"While she is a superintendent by title, she spends more hands-on time with students in the classroom and in their recreational activities than any other leader I have ever seen," said Sanchez. "The expression on students' faces when they see her tells me everything I need to know about how much she means to them. Students leave this school and come back years after to visit and reminisce about the great times and moments they had here. When speaking to them, Kristin Turner's name comes up as the reason why."
Paloma Elementary School District's lone school, Kiser Elementary, is often referred to as "a Disneyland of schools." That's because the school atmosphere shares something very unique with Disneyland; it is truly the happiest place on earth for teachers to work.
"As someone who is been in larger districts and moved around in my life, I have never seen such a positive atmosphere that I have at Kiser Elementary," said Sanchez. "When you ask any staff member, community member, or student about why the atmosphere's so positive, you get the same answer: Kristin Turner."
Many staff members who work at Kiser Elementary commute over 45 minutes to work. They have other schools and school districts that are closer to them, but they make a conscious choice to work at Kiser because of the environment and atmosphere created by Ms. Turner.
"The leadership Kristin provides goes beyond anything I have ever seen," said Sanchez. "As a teacher, and even at other jobs, I would get anxious or frustrated about going into work. My experience here is a state of bliss. I am truly allowed to be the teacher that I want to be, and the teacher I feel I was meant to be. This is due to the leadership provided by Kristin Turner. I know I'm not alone in this sentiment, and I can assure you if you ask any other staff member or committee member, you'll get the same answer. She simply brings out the best in every one of us, not only as educators but also as human beings."
Paloma Elementary School District is a small, rural district in the middle of nowhere. However, to the staff and students, this school is the gem that most of them were looking for in their lives. They are part of a school that went from a state letter grade of D to a state letter grade of B within two years. This is due to the commitment and efforts of everyone involved under the leadership and beliefs installed by Ms. Turner.
"Every person in this school and community has the utmost confidence and belief that we are truly making a difference in the lives of students. Kristin Turner is the shining beacon of our achievements as a school," said Sanchez.
Sometimes in life, situations arise. All of us have family and friends who are important to us. At Kiser Elementary, the staff feels like they are a part of a family. When something happens to one staff member, it impacts all of them. This nurturing atmosphere and community feeling has been put in place due to Ms. Turner's leadership. This is not only evident to the staff, but to the community members, students, and visitors.
"As an employee under Kristin Turner, my colleagues and I are expected to have high moral and ethical standards. This isn't just something that is stated - it's an expectation that starts from the top through the example she sets," said Sanchez. "She will never ask you to do anything she is not willing to do herself, and quite often, she is the one doing most of the things for our educational community by herself. She never asks for praise or anything in return, and she always does what's in the best interest of the students. Kristin is the ultimate definition of what great leadership is and should be."
"The real proof comes in the day-to-day aspects of being a part of this community. It's very difficult to put into words, but it's definitely something you can see and feel when you are here at Kiser Elementary," said Sanchez. "Kristin Turner is not just a leader or my boss; she's my compass as I turn my way through life. This is the impact she has made on me, and I'm sure if you ask others who worked with her and know her, they would tell you the exact same thing.