Lidia Turner receives Jewish Educator award

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Yasmine Novian


On Friday, September 21st, Lidia Turner, middle school Hebrew studies teacher, was taken by surprise as she was presented with this year’s Milken Family Foundation’s prestigious Jewish Educator Award. The award, which was awarded to Turner by Richard Sandler, Milken Family Foundation Executive Vice President, is given to educators who have made significant contributions to excellence in education in schools affiliated with Builders of Jewish Education (BJE).

In addition to being recognized at a school-wide town meeting, Turner is also invited to attend a gala lunch on December 13th where she and other award recipients from Los Angeles will be honored.

Turner has taught Hebrew and Israel Studies for the past 36 years, 18 of which have been at Milken. This year, she teaches middle school Hebrew basic 1 and Hebrew 3 classes and also serves as the coordinator of the Nofim program.

“I believe that integrating art and music to my teaching and adding to it my own personal background is what makes teaching enjoyable and effective”, Turner said in regard to her dedication to keeping students engaged.

Receiving this award has inspired Turner to continue adding to her teaching methods while simultaneously keeping true to the teacher she has always been.