Ashley Edwards
Ashley Edwards

VAN WERT – Ashley Edwards is in the midst of her 13th year of working with children at Wee Care Day Care Center in Van Wert. During the school year, she teaches the pre-school children, addressing such areas as kindergarten readiness and learning skills through play.

In the summer, she works with school age kids, especially through field trips and things addressing relationships and skills for learning. She recently took a group of students to an animal sanctuary in Albion, Indiana.

Edwards, of Middle Point, graduated from Lincolnview in 2004. She married former Wayne Trace football great Jamie Edwards. She gained teaching credentials through the child development association.

“I always have had an interest in teaching,” said Edwards. “I heard they were hiring here. I have loved it ever since.”

Edwards said that one thing she likes about teaching at the daycare is the opportunity to bring her two boys with her to work. Her husband is employed by Paulding Putnam Electric Corporation.

“I love the fulfillment of teaching kids every day,” said Edwards. “I like being here for them. The kids and staff here are like one big family.”

Edwards said she likes the opportunity to be there for the kids when they come to her with their problems and questions. She loves the opportunity of meeting their families through parent-teacher conferences.

“I love helping the kids get through things,” said Edwards. “I enjoy talking to the school age kids. They understand so much already. I am always glad to be a listening ear for them.

“All of their smiles and hugs go out in public. They love sharing their feelings. I like it that we are here because it gives them a safe place for them,” added Edwards.

Edwards said that the strong community support is especially meaningful to her. She referred to a capital campaign the agency is currently undergoing to refurbish and repair needs in the agency.

“It is amazing how the community gets behind us and supports us,” said Edwards. “Knowing the support of the community is such an encouragement.”

When Edwards isn’t busy working with children, she loves putting time into her boys and husband. As a family, Edwards said, there are numerous camping and hiking trips along area trails.

“My life is filled with family, my own family and the family here,” said Edwards. “I love seeing the kids grow up.”