Our principal, Erik M. Turner, is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a proud graduate of West Charlotte Senior High School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and education from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.
Early in his career, Mr. Turner served as a social studies teacher at James Martin Middle School in Charlotte, and he also worked as a firefighter and lead fire safety instructor in the Charlotte Fire Department.
In 2000, Mr. Turner founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Nile Academy of Male Development and Accountability in Charlotte, where he provided after-school and summer service opportunities and academic enrichment to inner city males, ages 7 to 15. Later, he served as a program director for Communities in Schools of Charlotte, and he managed a federally funded workforce investment contract, which provided work-readiness training to middle and high school students in select Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
In 2006, Mr. Turner served as the inaugural Citizen Schools campus director at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School. After two years of service at MLK, he transitioned to the North Carolina program director position, where he supported the launch of Citizen Schools campuses in Durham and Henderson. In 2010, Mr. Turner was selected as a resident principal with New Leaders for New Schools at Albemarle Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He served as assistant principal at Bruns Avenue K-8 school from 2011 to 2015 and took his current position at Sedgefield Middle School in 2015.
Mr. Turner is married to Kaneka Turner, who also works in education. Together, they have two sons, Byson (17) and Caleb (12).