p align=”LEFT”>Deanna Turner was named the new Assistant Principal for Pine Tree Elementary Campus in a recent meeting with the PT Board of Trustees.

“We are happy to have Deanna join our team; she is a hard worker and passionate about education,” said Superintendent, Dr. TJ Farler. “She has a clear understanding of the vision and mission of Pine Tree and will serve as a strong leader in helping us to accomplish the goals of the District.”

Deanna Turner has been an educator in East Texas for eighteen years. She began her teaching career at Pine Tree Elementary School as a first grade teacher, starting in 1994. For the last five years, she also taught first grade online canadian for Spring Hill Primary School. Turner replaces K’Dawn O’Rear, who retired from the position at mid-year.

Deanna has served in various leadership roles including lead teacher and site-based committee member in both districts. She holds certification in Elementary grades 1-8 and in Principal Leadership. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, in 1994, and her Master’s Degree is from University of Texas at Tyler in 2000.

“Mrs. Turner is familiar with the unique needs of Pine Tree Elementary students and is dedicated to our community,” said Principal Melinda Tidwell. “She is flexible, knowledgeable, highly energetic and willing to put in as much time as needed to assist students and teachers to increase performance.”

Honors earned by Ms. Turner over the course of her career include, Teacher of the Year for Pine Tree Elementary Campus and for the Rotary Teacher of the Month. She has earned four Education Grant awards and serves in leadership roles with the honor society, Delta Kappa Gamma, as well as the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

Deanna is an active member of the Longview Community; she volunteers with the Junior League of Longview and the American Cancer Society. She is married to Jason, and they have a son, Camden age 9.

“I am so excited to be back at Pine Tree Elementary,” said Turner. “I look forward to this new adventure as Assistant Principal. I see PTE as a place where great things are happening to help our students reach their fullest potential, and I look forward to the journey ahead.”