Turman, Carnley bring nearly five decades of experience into new school year at Florala

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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Carie Turman and Lorna Carnley will lead Florala High School in the 2023-2024 school year as principal and assistant principal with a combined 49 years in the education field.

Turman began her first year as the principal at FHS and fourth year in administration when students returned from their summer break Monday, August 14. She previously served as the assistant principal and was named interim principal when Max Whittaker passed away in February.

“The students, staff, and community are a joy to work with in Florala. We have big goals for this upcoming school year. I am very thankful to be a part of this wonderful school and grateful to serve as principal of FHS because of its incredible student body, dedicated staff, and potential for growth. Go Wildcats,” Turman said.

Carnley was an educator for 31 years in Okaloosa County, Florida, where she spent 19 years as a teacher and 12 as an administrator. She previously served as the principal at Walker Elementary School in Crestview.

“I am very excited for this school year. This is a unique opportunity for me as I am working in the town where my in-laws have worked, learned, and lived for many years. I am among family here in Florala and feel as if I am continuing a legacy of Carnleys in Covington County,” Carnley said.

Turman holds three teaching certificates including a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Auburn University. She has worked various roles ranging from pre-K to high school special education throughout her 18 years in the education field.

“I chose the administration path to make a positive impact on students’ lives after serving as a classroom teacher for 15 years. This opportunity means a chance to encourage growth, inspire students, and shape their future,” Turman said.

Carnley received her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Education Leadership/Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside Mrs. Turman as we strive to motivate our students’ young minds to reach further and higher in academics, the arts, sports, and community than ever before,” she said.

Turman competed at the state level in high school golf, cheered four years at Faulkner University, and coached multiple prior to making her way to administration.

“An effective high school, in my opinion, recognizes academic growth, celebrates extracurricular activities, and emphasizes character development. In my leadership style, I emphasize collaboration, open communication, and leading by example as a servant leader. I motivate students by celebrating their achievements, setting high expectations, and providing support when needed. To empower teachers, I encourage professional development, involve them in decision making, and recognize their efforts,” she said.

Turman is optimistic Florala High School will continue to thrive as it moves forward.

“For our future at FHS, I envision improved ACAP scores, continued athletic achievements, and enhanced community involvement. It’s my goal to create a safe, inclusive, and inspiring school for all students to be successful. My staff and the community’s support and commitment are invaluable in molding the students’ experiences. I’m thankful for the dedication of both the staff and the students,” she said.

Turman is married to her husband of 15 years, Troy Turman, and they have three children: Betsy, Ben, and Brock.

“I am committed to making Florala High School a place where students thrive academically, emotionally, and socially,” Turman said.

Carnley is married to her husband, David Carnley, and they also have three children: Heather, Hunter, and Hanna, along with two grandchildren: Easton and Emmett.

“I am anticipating stellar things as a Wildcat and am eager to see the success this year brings,” Carnley said.