Jhonna Turner

Parent Engagement Program Coordinator, Public Education Project

Jhonna Turner is the Parent Engagement Program Coordinator for Washington Lawyers' Committee supporting the Public Education Project. Ms. Turner’s role as Program Coordinator is to essentially help empower parents, support marginalized schools and continue to fight for justice and education equity for all students through the Parent Empowerment Program. Ms. Turner has worked in various parts of education in Washington, D.C. Her most treasured role in each position has been her work with parents and engaging them in the lives of children in the city.

Ms. Turner graduated from Bowie State University with a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Studies. Immediately after, she worked for Hope and a Home as a child advocate for homeless families. Ms. Turner also worked at E.L. Haynes Public Charter school as a Capital Teacher Resident; Teaching for Change as a Parent Organizer and Orr Elementary School as Program Coordinator. During her time in the D.C. area, Ms. Turner studied abroad in Ghana, Africa and did advocacy work for families in small villages; studied Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University with a focus on Social Justice in the Classroom; received a certificate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation from Georgetown University and is also certified in special education through The New Teacher Project. Ms. Turner is originally from Syracuse, New York.

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