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Alumni Q&A: Amanda Turner ’07

Mandy Turner earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from TCU in 2007 and now serves as the Coordinator of Learning & Innovation in Dripping Springs ISD.

What is your favorite part of post graduation experience?

The confidence I have from being a graduate of TCU. When I graduated and got my first teaching job, I was told that I didn’t seem like a first year teacher. I truly believe this is due to how I was prepared and the experiences I was given while a part of the College of Education.

In what ways has the College of Education prepared you for your current career?

The foundational skills I learned while completing my degree have carried me through being an elementary school teacher, an instructional coach, and now a curriculum coordinator. I believe the opportunities to observe schools and classes from the very beginning of the program provided a much needed early insight to what I should expect as an educator.

What was your favorite memory in the College of Education?

Student teaching in Quebec in the middle of February! It was such an amazing experience getting to be part of a different way of living life. This Texas girl froze to death but watching while 17 six-year-olds donned snow suits for recess and slid down a hill on sleds is an experience I will treasure forever.

What advice would you give to a current student that you wish someone would’ve given you?

Keep your eyes, ears and heart open! Teaching is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work and if you aren’t in it for the right reasons (to do what is best for kids every single day) then you may want to consider a different path.

Anything else to add?
I am extremely proud to be a Horned Frog and a graduate of the TCU College of Education! When I came to TCU I knew immediately I was where I needed to be. I’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to the professors that guided me along the way.

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