Dr. Donna Turner-Floyd
It was not until Dr. Turner-Floyd became a paraprofessional at Burdell-Hunt Elementary School for the Bibb County School System in 1988 that she realized that her true passion was working with children. She was inspired to become a teacher by her mother, the belated Florence Thomas Turner, who retired after teaching 41 years. Her father, the belated Calvin Grant Turner, who was an athletic director and high school science teacher before becoming a business owner, also inspired her to become an educator.
While completing her teacher certification in 1991, Dr. Turner-Floyd worked for the Hancock County Board of Education and remained in the school system for eight years, serving as a drama and dance teacher at Hancock Central Middle School. During this time, Dr. Turner-Floyd implemented the first performing dance program in Rural Middle Georgia. Through this fine arts program, many students were afforded the opportunity to participate in the performing arts, an opportunity that was not offered to children in this community. Students were able to travel throughout Georgia and out-of-state to perform, building self-esteem and self-confidence in students. With the help of parents and friends, Dr. Turner-Floyd made sure that every child who wanted to perform was given the opportunity to do so, whether they could afford to purchase costumes or not. More than 200 children in Hancock County Public School System participated in the dance program and a large number of students participated in dramatic productions. Dr. Turner-Floyd received a Fine Arts Award from the Hancock Central Middle School for her students’ outstanding performance in the musical, “The Wiz”.
Dr. Turner-Floyd later came to the Bibb County Public Schools in 1999 as a drama and dance teacher at Ballard-Hudson Middle School. She implemented the performing tap and modern dance program, providing opportunities for students to perform for other schools, parades, and major programs in Bibb County. More than 75 students participated in a single drama production performed at Ballard-Hudson Middle School. During the two years at this school, over 400 children were given an opportunity to actually participate in dramatic productions. Some of the musical productions included Give My Regards to Broadway, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Aesop Fables, Lovin’ Kindness, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Dr. Turner-Floyd was elected “Teacher of The Year” at Ballard-Hudson Middle School for 2002.
In 2002, Dr. Turner-Floyd became a school counselor, loving every minute of working with children, parents, educators, and community agencies. She often try to encourage parents to cherish the time they have with their families, especially the time that they have with their children, many times sharing her experience and lessons learned from raising and losing her only son in a tragic and unexpected accident. She emphasizes that we never know the time or hour of our last meeting, and that each day should be lived with our love ones as if it were the last.
Dr. Turner-Floyd served as counselor at King-Danforth Elementary School from 2005-2010. Under her leadership and assistance from King-Danforth Advisory Board, King-Danforth received the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during the 2008-2009 school year. This recognition is selectively given to school counseling programs which demonstrate—through a rigorous application and portfolio development process—that their counseling program is data driven and adheres consistently to the ASCA National Model. This recognition is the only national recognition available for school counselors and their schools, and it identifies the school as an exemplary educational environment. The designation is valid for three years (Bibb District News Article). Dr. Turner-Floyd now serves as counselor at Walter P. Jones Elementary.
Dr. Turner-Floyd graduated from Hancock Central High School in Sparta, GA in 1979. She completed a degree in Business Administration in 1984, a Master of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education in 1995, and a Master of Science Degree in Guidance & Counseling in 1997, all from Fort Valley State University; Fort Valley, GA. Dr. Turner-Floyd received her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership & Change from The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA in July 2000. Her dissertation is entitled, “The Developmental Experiences of Students in a Dance Program at a Rural Middle School”.
- Georgia Association of Educators (NEA)
- Georgia School Counselors Association
- Professional Association of Georgia Educators
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority