Dr. Kristilynn Turney
Inspiration and Reflections for the School Leader
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Inspiration and Reflections for the School Leader is a powerful tool designed to encourage school leaders no matter what they are going through, to be prayerful, focused, and reflective. Each scripture is matched with a brief poem, scenario, and prayer. Each scripture is a quick dose of faith and encouragement to get you through the day. At the end of each section, you can reflect and connect so that you can have the motivation to keep going strong.
Psalm 121: ”I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord., which made heaven and earth.”
Dr. Kristilynn Turney is a proud Cincinnatian. She graduated from North College Hill High School at the height of major community and demographic changes. She was a recipient of a track scholarship to Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where she ran varsity track for 4 years, became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporate, and served as the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) President for two years. Kristilynn graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education Communications. After teaching for 1 year, Dr. Kristilynn Turney began her Master’s Degree in which she majored in Educational Administration at Xavier University. She went on to receive her Principal’s License and Superintendent License from XU as well. After serving in administration for 6 years, Kristilynn began her doctoral journey at Capella University and finished three years later with an Ed.D., Doctorate in Educational Management and Leadership.
Dr. Kristilynn Turney is the CEO and Founder of Dr. Kristilynn Turney, LLC and EdPD Unlimited, LLC. She specializes in Educational Leadership and Diversity Consulting.
Dr. Kristilynn Turney has served in public education for 20 years in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas. She began her career as an English, Theatre, and Public Speaking Teacher. She was also a School Improvement Consultant and Literacy Coach for Hamilton County Educational Service Center then Assistant Principal at Winton Woods High School. In 2012, Dr. Turney became the first African-American Principal at Fairfield Middle School, and in 2014, she became the first African-American Principal and only the third female Principal at Colerain High School. She ended her career in public education as a district-level administrator where she was a curriculum director and human resources/diversity director. She maintains Ohio Education Licenses in All Communications (7-12), Principal (5-12), and Superintendent ( P-12).
Dr. Kristilynn Turney has worked in diversity and leadership for many years. In these capacities, Dr. Turney has served as a building principal to improve cultural competency among her staff, a professor of “Community of Learners,” a course designed to make students more culturally aware, as a district-level administrator in the areas of curriculum, diversity and human resources as well as an independent consultant helping individuals and organizations evaluate diversity practices and develop their diversity plans and models. Throughout Dr. Turney’s work, she has successfully engaged 100s of people in the process and has solicited help and guidance from many stakeholders of diverse backgrounds. While this has not been an easy task, especially when oftentimes she did not know the stakeholders prior to beginning the work, she made it seamless through building quick relationships through engaging activities, tasks and social, and professional connections.
In her “free time,” Dr. Turney enjoys spending time with her husband, Larry, and 4 kids-Kamille, Carson, Lailah, and Lennox. She spends many days and weekends chasing their many activities and sports. Kristilynn is also an active member of her community and church and enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, spending time with extended family and friends, and online shopping. She credits her success to her mother, Joan Burnett, who passed away in 2016. Her mother taught her grace, perseverance, strength, and to believe in God through all things!