Sylvia Turner Garners Gold at Skills USA National Competition
Sylvia Turner graduated from Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) in Dublin with her Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) on June 13. Two weeks later, she competed in the SkillsUSA National Competition in Lexington Ky., placing first in the Early Childhood Education contest.
“This was such a great experience and I am so glad I had the opportunity to represent OFTC and all of Georgia well,” Turner said.
“This experience was once in a lifetime,” she added. “I never expected to do as well as I did. I would like to thank my advisor Gail Clark for encouraging me to enter the Early Childhood Education program at OFTC and Mrs. Miller, Ms. Meeks, my family and friends for all their encouragement. I feel like that they taught me the additional skills I needed to earn the gold medal. Most importantly, I want to thank God who has been with me every step of the way and He is still opening doors for me. Winning gold was awesome, and I still can’t believe it.”
During the national competition, Turner competed against top finalists from other states in demonstrating their knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and their ability to prepare and implement learning activities for children three to five years old, says the SkillsUSA website.
Contestants also prepared a written lesson plan and took a written test assessing their knowledge of child development and effective teaching strategies. The goal was to demonstrate their understanding of the unique age-related learning characteristics of young children and the relevant social interactions as they implemented the lesson.
“My courses at OFTC, along with my daycare experiences at Lolly’s and experience as a paraprofessional in Dodge County offered me great experiences that I believe truly made a difference in the way that I performed at the SkillsUSA state and national competition,” Turner said.
Turner currently works as a paraprofessional at Dodge County High School.