Hello, My name is Valerie Turner, and I teach 8th Grade Core, as well as Creative Expressions for grades 7 and 8.
I was born and grew up in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in International Relations and German, I moved to Portland in 1995.
My previous career included inside sales for a company that manufactures the equipment that makes computer chips, as well as marketing for an Internet software company that developed filtering technologies.
I returned to school in 2004 and completed my Masters in Teaching at Concordia University in 2006. I have been teaching either 7th or 8th grade at Beaumont Middle School ever since.
I believe in two basic classroom rules:
· Show respect (to other people, the environment and yourself)
· Do your best (which requires believing in yourself, being prepared, and always trying as hard as you can)
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, outdoor activities such as skiing and outrigger canoe paddling, reading, and working on home improvement projects.