Alex Turner


Student U Learning Specialist

phone: 919-797-9329 •  email:

Referral Forms:

Student U Confidential Learning Specialist Referral

Referencia Confidencial a Especialista de Aprendizaje de Student U

Learning Specialist Self Referral Form For Students


Alex's primary responsibility is to make sure all Student U students have the academic skills, resources, and tools necessary to be confident, thriving learners both in and out of school. This can take a lot of different forms: meeting one-on-one or in small groups with students to build skills, connecting families and staff to academic resources, supporting families through the IEP/504 process, and working with program staff to create and choose strong curriculum. She is a resource for all students and staff - middle school, high school, and college - and gets to spend a lot of time learning about students and brainstorming how they can best thrive in an academic setting. She also makes sure our students have access to excellent books - definitely a perk of the job!

Alex's Why:
I believe all humans are created with deep inherent dignity - uniquely gifted, immensely purposeful, and wildly capable.  I love getting to know and walk alongside our students as they grow up, because I am continually energized by the individuality, authenticity, and potential each person brings to their world.  I love being at Student U because this community shares both my belief in the unique brilliance of each person and the notion that this brilliance demands be shared with the world. At Student U, I get to work alongside people who recognize, affirm, and fight for the inherent dignity of all - both in the daily interactions and relationships we built with each other and our students, and in working to change the inequitable and racist systems that communicate the opposite message to so many.

Alex outside of Student U:
I love spending time with people! My family and friends are a huge priority for me, and my ideal day includes going on walks, eating meals, and sitting down to laugh with them. I appreciate intentional, thoughtful words, and I spend a lot of time reading - if you ask me for a book recommendation, be prepared for a list of at least five that “you have to read!” One of my very favorite things to do is go to a great concert - I love music of all kinds and genres, and I love hearing it live. I also spend time investing in my church community, painting, playing with my (very cute) dog, Moose, and eating good food in Durham.

Advice Alex finds valuable:

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

-Mary Oliver



UNC-Chapel Hill

Course of study:
BA in Elementary Education and Masters in Special Education

Student U start date:
August 2013