CSV was delighted to honor Deputy Superintendent Carolyn Turk with its 2013 Kenneth S. Neal Award at this spring’s Mack I. Davis volunteer recognition event. The honor highlights an educator who has played a key role in the collaborative aspect of CSV’s work, strengthening volunteer programs and sustaining community involvement in the schools. The award recognized Dr. Turk’s support for CSV’s work over many decades, and most recently to establish Learning Centers at each of the Upper Schools and, in the fall, the Amigos School. Dr. Turk has been a true friend and advisor, behind the scenes and as a public spokesperson. She has often been the face of CPS for the volunteers, coming to many KeyPals, Reading Buddies, and other CSV celebrations over the years, giving remarks that touch on the heart of a student’s learning process.
Dr. Turk is a home grown heroine. Born and raised in Cambridge, she attended the Cambridge Public Schools. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education/Urban Specialization at Boston State College, and a master’s degree in Educational Technology at Fitchburg State College. In 2002, she received a doctorate in Educational Administration at Seton Hall University.
Dr. Turk began her career in 1977 as a classroom teacher in the Cambridge school system, and in 1991, she became the assistant principal at the John M. Tobin School. In 1998, she became Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Instruction for the district. In August 2003, the Cambridge School Committee appointed her as the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. She has twice served as interim Superintendent of Schools.
Beyond her role as Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Turk is a board member of Breakthrough Greater Boston, the Minority Student Achievement Network at CRLS, and the Education Advisory Councils. In 2011, she received a Cambridge Peace and Justice Award. She has shunned the spotlight, keeping attention on the needs of students and on fostering excellence in the district’s educators. The award was particularly fitting, as Dr. Turk and former Assistant Principal Kenneth Neal worked together for many years, sharing a belief in the power of community to enhance education.
We congratulate Dr. Turk again for her support and dedication to the students of Cambridge.