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

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

One student arrived in Edwards' class with no prior school experience at all. He was already older than his classmates.

"He had trouble with the structure," Edwards said. "I think they want you to tell them what to do because they don't know what to do. They don't have the skill sets to make their own decisions."

Touching the heart

Edwards will be eligible to retire in a year or two, but she first wants to finish teaching several families' youngest children who will soon enter kindergarten. She has already taught their older siblings.

"I don't want to 'retire' retire," she said. "But I would like to do something that is not so all-consuming. I want to continue working with children, but without all the administration part."

She sees herself teaching children’s reading skills, but also having time to play golf, a favorite sport. However, even on the links, Edwards said she would always remember the children who've touched her heart.

"I had a little girl tell me the other day, 'I love you so much my heart feels like a rainbow,''' Edwards said. “It takes your breath away. They're all so sweet. They're all so innocent right now."

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