Bret is a first-grade teacher at Head-Royce School, an independent K–12 school in Oakland, California. Turner earned his B.A. in linguistics from Pomona College and his M.A. in curriculum and instruction from University of the Pacific in partnership with the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute; he has been teaching for seven years. Turner writes about education and parenting and lives with his wife, Jessica (a fellow elementary-school teacher); their two young kids, Alice and Louis; and their three-legged dog.