An educator for 25 years, Turiya worked with students of all ages. She has taught courses at Portland State University for over 20 years and was also adjunct faculty at Washington State University-Vancouver for 2 years. Working as a teaching artist, she collaborated with over 50 elementary, middle and high schools helping K-12th grade students write creatively and share their work with audiences. As a performer, writer and academic she has presented at over two dozen colleges and hundreds of venues throughout the country. Turiya has produced and hosted community radio shows and events, self-published her own poetry as well as 100 zines of students' work. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master’s degree in Writing.
Turiya has lived in 7 states, over the course of her life, and raised her children in the Northwest. She met her partner after moving to the South and once he retired from the Marines, after 20 years of service, their love of the Tampa Bay area influenced the decision to call The Sunshine State home. Upon relocating, during the summer of 2020, Turiya decided to pursue a new career path that would utilize her multifaceted skills and experience. Becoming a Realtor expands on her commitment to life-long learning, her experience as an educator and researcher, as well as her dedication to helping people attain their goals. The beauty of the landscape, the incredible wildlife, the many trails to roller skate, bike and jog as well as the many spaces for arts, culture and entertainment make every day here full of possibilities. Sharing what Tampa Bay has to offer, and helping others find a place to call home are her daily motivations as a real estate agent.