Wendy Turner is the 2017 Delaware Teacher of the Year and taught 2nd grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware for 12 years. She is passionate about connecting learning in the classroom to the real world. Deeply committed to social-emotional learning, she fosters student growth in compassion, empathy, resilience, citizenship, and growth mindset through dynamic classroom experiences. Additional awards and leadership include being named a Delaware Compassion Champion Awardee, an NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow culminating with field work in South Africa, a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Teaching Science and serving as the teacher member on the Delaware State Board of Education for 2 years. Currently she is a full time faculty member at Delaware Technical Community College in the Elementary Education program.