Leigh Turner

CVA Middle School Gifted Consultant

About Me:

I am Leigh Turner, your student's CVA Middle School Gifted Consultant for 2020-2021.


The Collierville Virtual Academy is going to be a FANTASTIC opportunity for our students, parents, and teachers. I am blessed and excited to be a part of this amazing adventure!!

Teaching gifted students is a passion of mine and is the main reason I became a teacher. I love to see how their minds work and the amazing ideas that these students create!!


A little about myself....This will be my sixth year in Collierville Schools, and my tenth year teaching. I have taught art, gifted ed, Honors ELA, broadcasting, and social studies. I earned my bachelor (Elementary Education) and master degrees (Teaching English as a Second Language with an emphasis on Gifted Education) from the University of Mississippi. I earned my "+45" in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University .


I have been married to Jim Turner for 26 years and we own an aircraft cleaning business servicing MEM and OLV. We have two sons, ages 23 and 21 and a 2 year old beagle, Opie. My 21 year old son graduated from a STEM residential high school in Columbus, MS and is now "on pause" from the University of MS to study biochemistry. My 23 year old son graduated from L'Ecole Culinaire and is a motorcycle mechanic (go figure!). I worked for Northwest Airlines for many years in a variety of ground positions and was fortunate to be able to travel around the world. My passions include traveling, kayaking, yoga, gardening, photography, art, and spending time with my family, basically - living life to the full!. I love fruit, vegetables, almost any ethnic food - especially Mediterranean, coffee and sweets!

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein