About the Authors of CompuRead

The CompuRead series co-author, Margaret W. Turner graduated from Brigham Young University with a M. Ed. in Special Education and B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. She originated and authored the first resource programs in Utah’s West Millard School District and two schools in Jordan District’s special education department.


Her 37 year career spans many elementary grades and has specialized for over 25 years in learning disabilities. Her education experience has included mainstream public education, learning disability resource, private tutoring and numerous classes for the learning disabled. 
 

She has presented operettas, plays and dance productions for students with learning disabilities and spoken on behalf of learning disabled children to various educational associations including the Utah Learning Disabilities Group, Utah State University Department of Special Education and local parent groups. 
 

She has authored over 70 early intervention and special education publications directly related to teaching the dyslexic, learning disabled as well as the gifted dyslexic child and has written extensively for parents on how to prepare young children for kindergarten through early childhood education intervention.

Co-author, Blanche W. Pryor, received her B.S. Degree from Brigham Young University and began her thirty-seven year career as an elementary teacher in Midway, Utah where she taught for two years.

 

She received her M.S. degree from the University of Arizona where she was appointed as Director of Special Education. She was the first supervisor of student teachers at the Department of Special Education at the University of Arizona and supervised the development of curriculum for Tucson Special Education.

 

She was president of the Council for Exceptional Children of Tucson and directed the Yesheiva University of New York City Research Project on Family Relationships in the Tucson Special Education Program and lectured at the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University.

 

She was affiliated with the International Honorary Societies of Phi Lamda Theta and Alpha Delta Kappa. She was honored in “Who’s Who of American Women” and was selected Outstanding Teacher of Special Education in Arizona. She was guest speaker at many and varied educational symposiums. Mrs. Pryor passed away in 2007. CompuRead is a legacy she has left to education. 

Scott D. Turner, Technical and Creative Services Specialist, joined CompuRead, part time, in 1985 and while working from his home office, began the composition of the entire CompuRead program, consisting of still photography and illustration, video and printed materials production including live voice narration of over 10,000 audio/visual slides and pages of the CompuRead program. Scott is the voice talent/narrator for all CompuRead stories and many other narrated CompuRead products.

Scott graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis on Commercial Photography and pursued his Master of Arts degree at Central Missouri State University.

 

Scott has also had a long and distinguished 28 year military career and has served in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard. Most recently he retired in April 2016 and served in the Public Affairs career field for over 16 years producing U.S. Army marketing photographs and video for international distribution.

Scott has traveled extensively and has told the Army story for the U.S. Army Reserve with camera in hand since 2001 and has produced both still and video productions for Army Marketing and Research Group. He has had many other assignments throughout his military career, including; Commander of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Crew, Optometry Technician and Telecommunications Specialist. He was hand selected to lead several Public Affairs teams to many and varied international assignments.

Throughout his military career he has received several awards and decorations including the Army and Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), including the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal, plus several other service awards and decorations. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) from 2009-10.

 

He is also Certified by the Utah State Board of Education for Post Secondary Instruction in Professional and Commercial Photography. 

 

Scott’s sincere desire is for all learning disabled children to read well and discover their world through quality literature.

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