Chelsea Turner was born and raised in Sea Cliff, New York. Throughout middle and high school, Chelsea was constantly working with children as a babysitter within the neighborhood and working for numerous families with children of various ages. She also spent a few summers as a camp counselor at the local YMCA in Glen Cove, New York. During her senior year of high school, she was given the opportunity to complete a year-long internship in a kindergarten classroom at her local elementary school. This was Chelsea’s first experience in the public schools, which really helped her establish that her passion was working with young children within school settings. So when it came to applying to colleges and deciding on a major, Chelsea had no hesitation in her mind that the decision to pursue a career in education was the path for her. She knew this field is where she could do the most good in order to support children.
Initially Chelsea left New York to study Elementary Education at Plymouth State University, which was a small yet quaint town in the state of New Hampshire. After spending two years studying there, she missed the hustle and bustle of her home city, and transferred to Hunter College. During her time at Hunter, Chelsea was placed within public schools all throughout Manhattan, and got the opportunity to work with numerous classrooms with children with a wide variety of needs and supports. There she began creating lesson plans which integrated fun, and interactive academic activities to cater to the need of each child. After studying three years at Hunter she graduated May of 2018 with a dual Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and English Language Arts.
After spending the duration of her middle and high school years as a child within the resource room community, Chelsea believes it is essential that each child as an individual receives the support that they need-not just academically, but socially, emotionally, and physically. Chelsea really believes in supporting a child to become a “whole” person, and really values that each child has a good relationship with his or her teacher, so they can have a better opportunity to grow as an individual throughout the school year. Chelsea really believes in creating a positive, and interactive classroom environment so that the children are able to learn through play and discovery in a natural setting.
Chelsea was fortunate to be able to student teach at PS 527 and was immediately captivated by the school’s positive and inclusive spirit, but also the incredible fun and loving staff members. Chelsea is thrilled to become apart of the PS 527 family and is looking forward to working with the students, families, teachers, and staff for the 2018-2019 school year!