Dr. Jeff Turner, superintendent of the Coppell Independent School District for the past 12 years, has announced that he will retire, effective Aug. 31.
Tamerah Ringo, CISD director of communications and public relations, said Turner recently made the announcement at a meeting of the CISD staff.
“His reputation as a visionary and action-oriented leader is well-known in Texas education circles and beyond,” Ringo said. “Dr. Turner is thought of as a true trailblazer in the arena of public education transformation and believes the state’s current one-size fits all, test-centric structure, miles of curriculum standards, and overuse of high stakes multiple choice assessments actually inhibits learning and limits student success.”
She added, “His professional calling is to help create a relevant and engaging public school system to ensure every learner is prepared to be successful in a future they will create.”
She said Turner is most proud of the district’s unprecedented levels of learner success and the great work of classroom teachers to engage the students.
Turner said, “Through this work of engagement, Coppell ISD has become a shining example of what education should be in the future.”
Ringo said Turner is excited about the prospect of reinventing himself to continue the work for which he is so passionate.
“To that end, he plans to remain involved in public education, focusing on doing everything he can to support the changes necessary to create schools that are student centered and future ready,” she said.
To view a document by Turner, Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas, visit Turner’s web page at www.coppellisd.com.
Facts about Dr. Turner courtesy of the Coppell ISD:
Turner’s 36-year career in public education began as a middle school science teacher in the Clear Creek Independent School District. He first entered an administrative role in 1984 at the Van ISD. Fast forward to May 9, 2002, the Coppell ISD school board hired Turner to become the superintendent. He had also been superintendent at Burleson and Jacksonville before coming to Coppell.
Turner has served on various boards during his career and as a mentor superintendent for the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). He is a past resident of TASA.
Among his many accomplishments and honors, he was chosen as the 2013 Key Communicator of the Year by the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA). He was selected by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) as Texas Superintendent of the Year for 2012.
Turner serves on the design team of the Visioning Institute: a cadre of some 30 superintendents, representing diverse public school systems from across the state, whose focus is on the development of a new model for public education centered on 21st century learning.
Originally from Deer Park, Turner earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Baylor University. He received his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Houston, Clear Lake Campus.