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

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

She said that teaching kindergarten involves more than the proverbial three R's — reading, ’riting and ’rithmetic.

It also requires teaching kids how to be students.

High expectations

"I think I have high expectations and I set high standards both in academics and behavior," Edwards said. "I'm very disciplined and structured, but we also dance and sing, and I think the two go well together."

Many students arrive in her class with minimal or no academic skills, she said, "but at the end of the year, they're reading and writing. One after the other, you see their light bulbs go on. It is so exciting to see them progressing."

The hardest part of the job is her inability to affect what happens when her students go home for the day.

"You try to instill something in them, but a lot of them go home to a situation that negates what you taught," Edwards said. "I don't know if it's frustrating or heartbreaking."

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