Teacher of the Year: Edwards has built strong minds, bodies

teacher of the year glenda edwards 2013

Glenda Edwards, shown here with some of her students, said she believes that children want and need discipline and structure.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series on North Okaloosa County Teachers of the Year.

CRESTVIEW — Northwood Elementary School kindergarten teacher Glenda Edwards said Friday was easy, contrasted with some days.

On field day, she was down to eight students from her usual 17. Many parents check their children out of school after the day's outdoor activities.

For 34 years, Edwards has been building strong minds and strong bodies, having been a physical education teacher for 26 years. She's taught kindergarten at Northwood for nine years.

Edwards, originally from Ohio, and her husband, Owen, who is retired from the Army, settled in Crestview after falling in love with the area on frequent vacations to the Emerald Coast.

Being chosen by her peers as Northwood's Teacher of the Year initially surprised Edwards.

"I kept thinking, 'Who'd vote for me?'" she said.

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