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“Persistence at the institutional level is the willingness of a school system to stick with it despite slow results, political pressure, new ideas, and systemic inertia or resistance to change.”

Jacqueline Turner made Mississippi her home in 2002 when she relocated from Tennessee. Mrs. Turner is a graduate of Belhaven College, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Business Management. After a successful career in business operations, Mrs. Turner decided to fulfill her lifelong dream to become an Educator, and earned an M.Ed degree in Teaching & Learning from Liberty University. Giving attention to the achievement gaps in Literacy of school-aged children, Mrs. Turner obtained a teaching certification and began her teaching career in the public-school sector. Entering into her 12th year as an Educator, Mrs. Turner has served as a Literacy Tutor, middle school ELA and high school Compensatory Reading Teacher. She later obtained a certification in Special Education and has since worked as an Inclusion Teacher, Lead Special Education Teacher, and Exceptional Education Case Manager. She is an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children and is currently near completion of an ED. S degree in Educational Leadership.


Mrs. Turner is married and is the mother of 2 adult children and 3 beautiful grandchildren, who encourage and motivate her as she demonstrates her love, dedication, and service to our community’s youth. Mrs. Turner is honored to serve as a leader and founding member of the Ambition Prep team as she provides students with the structure, supports, mentoring and the guidance that they need to be successful in school, college and life.

Founding Student
Support Coordinator

Jacqueline Turner

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