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### TEAL Graduate Mentor of the Year Award Bestowed Upon USU Eastern Faculty Member

In Price, Utah, Rachel Turner, an assistant professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) at USU Eastern, has been honored with the title of TEAL Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year for 2023-24. Turner, who imparts knowledge in various elementary education subjects, will now be in the running for the prestigious Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year accolade.

According to Doug Miller, associate vice president for USU Eastern, Rachel is a highly deserving recipient of this recognition due to her exceptional work with graduate students. Her adept guidance and mentoring skills have greatly contributed to preparing students for their professional endeavors.

Rachel Turner’s academic journey commenced at Sam Houston State University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Subsequently, after gaining experience as a 3rd-grade educator in Texas, Turner pursued and completed a Master of Education degree at SHSU. She furthered her academic pursuits by earning a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at USU Eastern in 2020.

Expressing her gratitude for the award, Turner acknowledged the support of her colleagues and expressed excitement about continuing to work with graduate students in the upcoming year. Drawing from her recent doctoral experience, Turner values the reciprocal learning process with her students, viewing mentoring as a collaborative journey of growth and development.

Emphasizing the significance of student interaction in her mentoring role, Turner aims to provide a supportive environment where students can explore and find answers to their queries independently. Her approach is influenced by the mentorship she received during her graduate studies, inspiring her to guide students with empathy and understanding.

The Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year award recognizes faculty members who excel in mentoring graduate students, guiding them towards successful professional careers. It acknowledges mentors who exhibit excellence in advising, scholarly conduct, emotional support, and career preparation for their students post-graduation.

USU Eastern, situated in the scenic surroundings of Price, Utah, offers a unique educational experience blending individualized attention with the resources of a larger university. The institution provides a range of academic programs, extracurricular activities, and athletic opportunities, fostering personal and professional growth for students pursuing various fields of study.