Leading Ladies 2018

Leading Ladies 2018: Sarah M. Turner


“Everyone who visits Gordon should feel like they were cared for and have an opportunity to be heard,” says Sarah M. Turner, the new Admission Director at Gordon School in East Providence. “I want to know the hopes and dreams that you have for your child and your child’s education.” In her job, she helps families to get to know the school, guiding them from initial inquiry to enrollment. “I’m proud to advance Gordon’s mission of institutional equity, inclusion and diversity, working with families to offer them the opportunities and academic excellence cultivated by this community,” she says.

Sarah comes to Gordon at an exciting time, because the school has just launched an innovative new program. Family Individualized Tuition has replaced the traditional financial aid model, and it means that every family who applies is receiving a customized tuition price based on their economic circumstances. “Independent school tuition is an investment,” Sarah says. “There are families who, in the past, may have found a full-price tuition a little out of reach; with FIT that tuition investment is adjusted to take into account a
family’s financial situation.”

Sarah has dedicated her 15-year career to affecting change and boosting inclusivity in schools, which is why she’s so energized to be a part of this new program at Gordon. “FIT is transforming the admission process by opening the conversation about economic diversity within independent schools,” she says, “and changing people’s perceptions about who should consider an independent
school education.”

Sarah has been immersed in education her whole life, growing up with a mother who was a teacher and librarian. “The stories told around the kitchen table impacted my decision to choose education as my career path,” she says. “I love helping families realize the benefit of a Gordon education during these key years of their
child’s development.”

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