Dr. Kristina Turner serves as the Director of the new Division of Safe and Supportive Schools at the Texas Education Agency. Her team is comprised of subject matter experts (those with school mental health/social work and law enforcement backgrounds) and educational practitioners. The multi-disciplinary team she leads is charged with supporting school districts by developing resources in support of the Safe and Supportive Schools Program (SSSP) which seeks to ensure students are both physically and psychologically safe.
Prior to coming to TEA, Dr. Turner served for over 17 years supporting public education starting as a middle school social studies teacher, transitioning to a middle school assistant principal, a campus principal at both an intermediate school and elementary school, coaching administrators at a regional service center (ESC), and supporting schools as a Director of School Improvement, and most recently as an Area Superintendent.
A Texas native, she has a B.A. in History and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies both from the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in 2018 from Dallas Baptist University.