Jeff Edwards

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Upper School
Department(s)
Administration, Athletics, Science
Title(s)
Director of Leadership Baylor, Girls' Lacrosse Coach, Science Instructor

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
623

Education

Degree(s)
BS, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
MAT, John Hopkins University

Other Information

Intro
“My best teaching happens one-on-one in the quiet of the morning. I have a real sense of what is understood and what is not.”
Biography

Jeff Edwards learned a lot about leadership before ever becoming a teacher. A veteran of the first Gulf War, Jeff earned a bronze star during his time in Iraq in 1991. He says, “It felt nice to be alive when it was over.”

In 1994, Jeff left the Army and began his teaching career at the Severn School in Maryland. There, he found new challenges, among them, coaching a girls soccer team for the first time. “To my surprise,” he says, “it taught me a lot about myself as a leader and mentor of teenagers. I found that the skills needed to coach girls were far different from my military ideas.” He ended up having a good season, and in 1995 his team won the league championship. It was an experience that changed him. “As they molded me, I realized that I was becoming a better me in the process.”

Currently, Jeff teaches in both the science and math departments teaching Physics and Pre-Calculus. He also works with Leadership Baylor facilitating teachers and designing curriculum. With so many different hats to wear, Jeff appreciates the opportunities to work with students during extra help. “By far, my best teaching happens one-on-one in the quiet of the morning,” he explains. “I have a real sense of what is understood and what is not, and I find myself attacking the problem from different angles that I eventually use in class.” He also has found that when working individually with students, he is inspired by their desire to learn. On these “glorious” occasions, he says, “It reminds me of why I do what I do, and I am motivated to be at my best.”

Jeff and his wife, Chris, have two daughters, Lexie '19 and Dylan '21. In the little spare time he has, Jeff enjoys “Fishing, fishing, fishing and golf.”

Appointed 2003