2022 Winner

Jonice Turner

Anton Grdina

Intervention Specialist

“Jonice is loved by students and parents alike. … When entering her classroom, one immediately feels a sense of peace and tranquility. It has a home-away-from-home feeling, where scholars are fully engaged in the academics, setting goals, and making connections to their learning.”

Jonice Turner graduated from David N. Myers College with a Bachelor of Science in public administration in 2000. She received her Master of Education in special education and K–12 moderate intensive license from Cleveland State University in 2004. She currently works as an intervention specialist in an MD/AU classroom at Anton Grdina.

Jonice’s passion to work with students with disabilities began over 24 years ago, when she started her journey as a paraprofessional at Milkovich Middle School and then Wickliffe Middle School, where she also began teaching students with multiple disabilities. In 1997, Jonice became an intervention specialist in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District working with scholars at Audubon and Willow Elementary. Throughout her journey, she has worked in various areas of special education, holding positions such as testing coordinator and special education liaison.

In her current position, Jonice enjoys using her creativity to engage scholars in fun, hands-on, inquiry-based activities and incorporates life skills into the curriculum for students to experience real world practices. She also shares her creativity with colleagues. In her leisure time, Jonice enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys reading, jogging, and relaxing, and she loves to shoot pool.

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