The vice president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley school board has more on her plate — a national office. Two actually.

Emma Turner of the La Mesa-Spring Valley school board. Photo by Ken Stone

Emma Turner last week was elected chair of the National Black Council of School Board Members and member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association.

The honors came at the NSBA annual conference in Boston, according to Brian Marshall, superintendent of the K-8 La Mesa-Spring Valley School District.

“During the two-year term of office, Dr. Turner will be the leading educational advocate for providing a quality education for all African-American students across the nation as well as all students,” Marshall said Tuesday.

The Spring Valley resident also will serve as a spokesperson for issues that impact the education of African-American youth.

Turner has served on the delegate assembly and board of directors of the California School Boards Association, spent two terms as Pacific Region director of the NBC, was a member of the NSBA Federal Relations Network and Advocacy Team and was a member of the national nominating committee for the NSBA.

Turner, a retired naval officer who became a psychologist, first joined the school board in spring 2004, appointed to fill a vacancy. She won her first race in November 2004. Her current term ends this year.

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