Discover Why Utah Teacher Leslie Edwards Chose a Career in Teaching over Journalism

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When most people retire, they typically consider unwinding and possibly going on a cruise. No, Leslie Edwards. She spent more than 20 years working for NBC News in Salt Lake City and Saudi Arabia before retiring to teach third grade.

Leslie Edwards lived in Saudi Arabia while her husband was employed by the Saudi oil company, Saudi Aramco. She started working for the radio and TV news division of Aramco.

The Gulf War then broke out. Edwards went down to meet the people setting up the news bureau when NBC News arrived to cover the war. Prior to becoming a producer and bureau coordinator, she was a production assistant.

Shortly before the 2002 Winter Olympics, Edwards returned to Salt Lake City and was given the task of covering the events for NBC. In her 50s, Edwards began considering making a difference at a time when many people were considering retirement.

“I was frequently invited to give talks in classrooms to share my experiences in journalism and the Middle East,” the woman remarked. I decided to give substitute teaching a try. Then, one day in a Highland Park classroom, I experienced a revelation. You belong here.

It surprised her a little that she wanted to be a teacher. She clarified, “I never wanted to be a teacher.”

“My dad pleaded with me to pursue a degree in teaching. “I will never ever teach,” I declared. However, I did it to please him. I believed I would never put it to use.

Following a thirty-year career in the Navy, her father retired and went on to teach physics at what was then Dixie State College (now Utah Tech University). She retired from NBC after a lengthy career to become an elementary school teacher, following in her father’s footsteps.

Edwards received an invitation to visit Cottonwood Elementary School. She remembered, “I sat in the back of the classroom.” “I thought to myself, ‘They need a dose of Mrs. Edwards,’ when I saw these two mischievous boys in the back of that class.” I developed feelings for those kids.

Two years later, Edwards relocated to Hawthorne Elementary, where she teaches third grade. Hawthorne is one of the four schools whose closure has been recommended by the Salt Lake School District.

In response to the closure of her school, she stated, “You know, you have to be fiscally responsible.” “Each person has a strong emotional bond with their school. “My grandmother attended Lowell Elementary,” Dr. Elizabeth Grant said at the start of her presentation. My mother graduated from Lowell with a degree. I was the principal at Lowell when the board decided to close it. My heart felt so heavy having to close it. I knew that she had been in our position. She was the best person to guide us through this since we need to practise financial responsibility.

I expect the legislature and the district to be accountable because I pay taxes there.

“What does ‘take it easy’ mean?” Edwards enquired. “This is not a place where you can garden year-round. My garden is my favourite thing. I adore skiing, but even if I went on skis every day of the year, that would only account for a few months. I have the opportunity to change things. I have the chance to share with our students my rather extraordinary life experience. They hold the power to shape our world’s destiny. How can I support them in changing the world?

According to Edwards, she is a “lifelong learner.” She remarked, “I adore being involved in the educational process.” “There’s a reason God gave us these brains.”

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