Alicia Turner

7th Grade Instructor

Alicia was born in Oklahoma. Her military family moved to Colorado in the 80s. She attended Aurora Public Schools and graduated from Hinkley High School in ’93. She attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where she had intended to get my teaching certification in English but took a detour and graduated with a B.A. in sociology with a minor in psychology. With a degree in sociology, Alicia planned to get started on the career path as a Social Worker. To gain experience in this field she began working at the Denver Children’s Home (DCH), a residential treatment center for at risk youth as a youth treatment counselor for 8 years. “While at DCH I was approached by the educational coordinator and asked if I was interested in teaching, so there I was back to teaching.” She began in the Day Treatment program on an Emergency Teaching License in June of 2001. She taught in the DCH Day Treatment program for 1-year and in DCH’s Residential Program for 2 years, while attending Regis to get my master’s degree and Teaching Certification in Special Education. While attending Regis, a professor approached her and asked her to apply for a position in Cherry Creek school District. She applied and began working as a Special Education Teacher in the area of Severe Cognitive Needs at Thunder Ridge Middle School. This is Alicia’s fourteenth year at Thunder Ridge, where she currently teaches Social Emotional Learning to students with Significant Emotional Disabilities and also co-teaches an eighth grade Language Arts class. She is a member of our School’s Equity Team, she co-facilitates her Sisterhood Leadership group and has enjoyed coaching basketball. This is Alicia’s fourth year teaching at PBLA. She has taught The Values of Jackie Robinson to the Rising 4th grade class, The Leader In Me Curriculum to the Rising 5th grade Class and I am currently teaching Human Rights to the Rising 7th grade class. I currently live in the Green Valley Ranch area of Denver and am in the process of applying to a program through University of Northern Colorado in Educational Leadership.