On Friday, February 1, Saint Ignatius presented veteran Languages teacher Mr. Milton Alan Turner '81 with the 2020 Trailblazer Award. The award is presented to Saint Ignatius alumni of color who have made history, forging new ground as innovators and pioneers both at Saint Ignatius and beyond. Turner certainly checks those boxes.
In 1987, he became the first faculty member of color at Saint Ignatius. He later became the school's first black administrator. In the 33 years since he joined the faculty as a French and Spanish teacher, Turner has impacted the lives of countless Ignatians inside and outside of the classroom.
During his time at Saint Ignatius, Turner has won a number of awards, including U.S. Innovative Educator by Microsoft in 2011, and 2014 Ohio World Language Teacher of the Year. Turner is, without question, one of school’s most gifted linguists. Currently, he can speak 6 languages fluently, and knows a total of 12 languages.
Thank you to Mr. Turner for his 33 years of service to Saint Ignatius!