in memoriam.

I have been fortunate to benefit from many strong and lasting mentorships, which have invariably brought a great deal of richness to my learning/working experience. It was therefore with great sadness that I received news today that a loved and respected teacher and mentor of mine, Dr. Sandra “Sandy” Turner, passed away this week after a long struggle with cancer. I just wanted to take a moment to recognize her as a tireless advocate and educator who worked to bring instructional/technology/experiential learning knowledge to many, including a group of Ghanaian educators as a part of a Fulbright she worked on in 2003-04. Her interests spanned from gender issues in IT to the role of mentorship in technology education for teachers.

She was a curious, supportive, challenging, and rigorous advisor who encouraged me to take the research I conducted as a librarian/graduate student at Ohio University to its full potential (which eventually became the report I published earlier this year). She was also deeply hilarious, thoughtful, and, to put it mildly, a knockout. My heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and fellow former students. She will be sorely missed.

Dr. Sandra Turner speaks via Skype to MEd students in Winneba, Ghana.
Dr. Sandra Turner leads a Skype conference with M.Ed. students in Winneba, Ghana.

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