For her outstanding contributions as a Jr. high and high school math teacher and school counselor, Carolyn is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by the school counselors of USD #253.
Carolyn Turney was born and raised in Emporia, Kansas. She attended Mary Herbert and Walnut Elementary Schools, Lowther Jr. High School, and graduated from Emporia High School. In 1967 she graduated with a B.S. from the College of Emporia. In 1970 she graduated from Emporia State University with a M.S. degree in counseling.
Carolyn’s first teaching job was a Northern Heights High School, where she taught math from 1966-1967. She then taught math at Lowther Jr. High School in Emporia from 1967-1969 and began her counseling career there in 1969. Carolyn retired from Emporia Middle School in May 2002. She was a Nationally Certified Counselor until December 1998 and a Registered Professional Counselor in Kansas until March 1999.
During her career in education she belonged and contributed to numerous professional organizations including: NEA, ENEA, ACA, KCA (secretary), NCKCA, KSCA, ASCA, and KAMLE. While at Emporia Middle School she was a NCA/QPA steering committee chair, a math sub-committee co-chair, 504 team chair, spelling bee coordinator, PTO Treasurer, Lyon County Spelling Bee Judge, and developer of the EMS career portfolio.
Carolyn has shared her expertise in presentation on such topics as: scheduling, counseling groups, middle school concept and philosophy, middle school counseling programming and activities, grief issues, teens in crisis, developing a middle school interdisciplinary team career unit, domestic abuse cycles, The Real Game (a middle school career unit), and peer meditation.
As a lifelong Emporian, Carolyn has given back to her community as a board member and advocate for SOS. As a loyal member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, she has served as elder, deacon, choir member, as stewardship, and budget and finance committee member. She has also been a member of the St. David’s Day Society board and choir.
Carolyn and Roy Turney have been married for 40 years and are parents to their daughter, Kim (Mrs. David) Holland, and grandparents to Lindsay and Taylor Holland. All of who live in Emporia.
Carolyn fits the description of the consummate professional educator and school counselor. Throughout her career, she has been able to adapt to changes in students, education, and society as a whole. As a counselor, Carolyn consistently offers competent support and expertise in all kinds of situations to the over 10,000 students that crossed her path. Staff members and fellow counselors respect her honest forthright approach to problem solving and often seeking her assistance and advice. Carolyn has a gift for maintaining focus on the task at hand and on the details of whatever project or problem she is working on. She is very intelligent, extremely efficient, and maintains the highest standard of integrity in her professional and personal life. Those who know Carolyn well have witnessed and benefitted from her fierce loyalty and dedication. She is a true friend. Students and staff members alike know that she can be counted on to do her best to help them help themselves live happier, healthier lives. She will be missed and is wished the very best as she retires to the endless projects we know she has waiting in the wings.