2016 Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient

Justin Turner began his teaching career in the Lansing School District at Lansing Eastern High School. While there he taught Biology and Chemistry to students with special needs. After five years in Lansing, Justin took a position at Okemos High School teaching in a resource classroom for the next two years. Following his time at the high school, he taught in a self-contained classroom at Chippewa Middle School. Justin is currently a resource teacher and teacher consultant at Kinawa Middle School. His current position challenges him daily as he continues to work with students with diverse educational and behavioral needs. However, what Justin loves most about his job, is when his students realize they are valued and that they can have a positive impact on the lives of others. His continued passion for this work was inspired by his own struggle with a learning disability. Justin also enjoys coaching pole vault for the Okemos Track and Field team and he continues to be impressed with how kind, respectful, and determined his athletes are. He feels very fortunate to work in a district with so many intelligent and caring colleagues and administrators and attributes most of his success to his amazing students and the endless support he receives from parents and community members.

Justin graduated from Michigan State University with a double major in General Science and Special Education (Learning Disabilities). He also holds a Masters degree from MSU in the area of Special Education (Emotional Impairments). In his free time Justin enjoys spending time with his wife, Molly, and son, Eli, on the water in northern Michigan.