B.A.’s Anna Turner Named NSU Outstanding Graduate Student


Anna Turner of Broken Arrow was selected as the Fall 2020 Northeastern State University Outstanding Graduate Student. Turner graduated this fall with an M.Ed. in Mathematics Education. 
This award recognizes graduate students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and leadership, and a demonstrative impact on fellow students, NSU, their profession or the community. Candidates are nominated and selected entirely by the graduate faculty at NSU.
Turner’s scholarly contributions during her final capstone semester demonstrate her creative approach to a complex issue as described in her capstone research, Making Meaning: Implementing Authentic Design in a Developmental Mathematics Classroom. 
“I applied ideas related to authentic design to a developmental mathematics course that I currently teach with the hope of supporting deeper mathematical learning and the development of more positive dispositions toward the study and use of mathematics,” Turner said. 
Turner’s work was guided by faculty mentors Dr. Martha Parrott, professor of mathematics and Dr. Richard Hasenauer, associate professor of mathematics.   
With a B.S. degree in Deaf Education and a minor in Applied Mathematics, Turner has served students in a variety of teaching environments through the years. Her experiences include teaching high school mathematics at the Kansas School for the Deaf, special education math classes at Sand Springs Schools, online math courses for credit recovery, ACT preparation and developmental mathematics at Tulsa Community College, and tutoring numerous math students of all ages and math subjects.
With special interest in reaching medical homebound students, Turner served on a committee for supporting students in transitioning back to school after long-term absences from school and is currently coordinating methods to provide support to students who are learning in virtual environments. Turner says she remains passionate about her desire to make math relevant, meaningful and interesting to her students. 
Turner is a wife and mother of three boys who, now more than ever, readily run to her for their math help.