Celebrating educators who go far above and beyond the call of duty, the Azusa Pacific University (APU) Teachers are Heroes program shines a spotlight on one of the most important professions…teaching! On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, representatives from APU and KATY 101.3 “The Mix” recognized Diamond Valley Middle School teacher Sandra Turner as the March Teachers are Heroes winner.
Turner was grateful as she accepted this special award. Diamond Valley Principal Robert Dominguez along with Turner’s students and husband were on hand to share this happy occasion. Mrs. Turner is currently a Language Arts and Honor’s Social Studies teacher. She has been teaching for 18 years. Turner spent her first two years teaching Kindergarten and then taught middle school for 16 years, teaching many different subjects.
Jacen Moore, one of her students, nominated Mrs. Turner and said, “I think she is our hero because she does community service to help others, and loves to teach her students in a positive way that make her students feel important. She also comes from a four-generation military family.” Jacen’s mother, Mrs. Moore, added, “Mrs. Turner has opened my son’s eyes to Social Studies and he is fascinated with ancient history.”
Turner was awarded special prizes from The Mix Prize Closet and APU. Following the presentation, Turner and her class were treated to a pizza party provided by the Temecula Pizza Factory.
Mrs. Turner and previous Teachers are Heroes award recipients and their classes are invited to attend a special Teachers are Heroes celebration at the Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium in May.