Sheridan TurnerPresident and CEO Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater ChicagoExecutive Office
Sheridan Turner grew up in Norfolk, England. My interest in children and early learning started from when I was a child. I was the neighborhood childminder. My career began as a National Nursery Nurse in England then became a Nanny, which is what brought me to Chicago. While caring for “my boys” I had the opportunity to study for my masters degree in early childhood education at the University of Illinois, Chicago. It was during my second year of studies that my career took some fortuitous twists and turns from working for the Governor’s Commission for Science and Technology and Director of the Chicago High Tech Association to the Museum of Science and Industry where I stewarded the planning and funding for the Museum’s underground parking garage. I also managed the creation of MSI’s master plan and then directed the creation of their first exhibit for young children. It was putting together all of my different experiences that prepared me for my exciting adventures with the Kohl Children’s Museum.
The best part of my job is seeing the delight on a child’s face when they discover something new or the appreciation from a parent when they experience the impact of our work on their children. It is the knowledge that we really do make a difference in the lives of so many children and their families that makes my work so rewarding.
Apart from my degree in England and my Masters Degree, I have learned from many wonderful mentors. With over 25 years in the Museum field, there is always more to learn and so much to do and even more to pass on to others.
Outside of my Museum work, I am a big animal lover, especially horses. I own and practice dressage on Bella, my thoroughbred/percheron cross as well as playing Frisbee with my Chessie. As a volunteer, I am a teamster at Wagner Farm and love to work with their team of Percheron’s Ned and Jeff whether it be wagon rides, ploughing on the farm or braiding their tails.
Sheridan lives in East Glenview with her Chesapeake Bay Retriever Elsa and two black cats.