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Former CHS teacher reunites with former students

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News

CRESTVIEW — Former longtime Crestview High School theater, history and English teacher Annette Gebhardt’s birthday was extra special Sunday.

That’s when more than a dozen of her former students reunited with her at her long-planned “Meet at the Bulldog” reunion in front of the school.

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Gebhardt lived in Crestview for more than 21 years and taught all grades at CHS for a decade before moving to the Columbus, Georgia, area in July 2019 because of her husband’s new job. She now teaches sixth-grade English language arts at a middle school.

Former Crestview High School teacher Annette Gebhardt (center) poses for a photo with some of her former students who attended Sunday's "Meet at the Bulldog" reunion in front of the school.

The idea for the reunion was hatched during Gebhardt’s early days of teaching at CHS in 2010. She later invited all of the students she taught over the years to attend Sunday’s reunion next to the school’s bulldog statue.

Those who attended were given letters they wrote to themselves when they were students of Gebhardt’s. Before the reunion, she said she imagined the letters would be about their future selves, where they would be in 2020 and their future goals.

Besides receiving their letters, Gebhardt’s former students were able to catch up with her and take some “no contact” photos.

“It was better than I could have imagined!” Gebhardt wrote in an email to the Northwest Florida Daily News after the reunion. “So many beautiful and loved faces!”