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Charles Turk Honored by Cambridge Who’s Who for Excellence in Education Administration cent notes: that's my dad

PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 5, 2009 -- Charles Turk, Retired Teacher, author and Priority Consultant with the College Board, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of education administration.

Mr. Turk has an unprecedented 41 years of professional experience in the education field. Prior to retiring from his teaching post, he specialized in teaching students in grades nine through 12. He proudly served as chairman of the English department at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York and was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award. Additionally, he was included in Who is Who Among America’s Teachers in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2007. Mr. Turk was named as a keynote speaker from the Middle States branch of the College Board on teaching Advanced Placement English at the AP Conference in the summer of 2009. Mr. Turk came to the United states in 1957 with a third grader’s education.

Currently serving as a priority consultant with the College Board, Mr. Turk is responsible for developing curriculum and syllabi for high schools in the New York City school system. He notes that he became involved in his profession due to an innate desire to educate others and considers mentoring for the College Board to be the most rewarding aspect of his career.

A published author, Mr. Turk wrote his autobiography Mt Father’s Words in 1997. The book details his struggles to keep clear of Bolshevik brainwashing while forced to serve in the interior branch of the communist Rakosi regime. A Member of the State Evaluation Committee, Mr. Turk received his Master’s Degree from Canisius College and his Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He is presently working on two books which he aspires to have published in the future.

For what it's worth, he is also the guy who taught me critical reading and critical writing, so if you are looking for someone to blame ...