Retired Educators' Association
Soon after she retired in 1964, Edna Jacobs was asked by Superintendent Myron Ashmore to organize a group of retired educators for Broward County. On October 26, 1964, a meeting was held to consider the matter. On November 4, 1964 a constitution was drawn up and by-laws were formed. On February 10, 1965 the first official meeting of BCREA was held. Edna Jacobs was elected president.
Born in Milo, Maine, Edna Kittredge came to Ft. Lauderdale to teach in 1925. She lived with her uncle C. D. Kittredge who was mayor of Ft. Lauderdale at that time and had just built a fine new house. Edna was married to Wallace Jacobs in that house on May 7, 1927. The house later served as Red Cross Headquarters for the county and is now the French Quarter Restaurant.
Edna's first teaching job was at the South side School. After 6 years at South side, she went to West side Elementary as principal and 6th grade teacher. In 1954 she became principal of the new Lauderdale Manors Elementary and continued there until her retirement in 1964.
In the meantime, she served as chairman of the Broward County Elementary Principals Association and was on the State Board of Elementary Principals where she served as vice-chairman. While on the State Textbook Committee she was instrumental in the promotion of legislation to advance elementary school libraries statewide.
In 1979 the Broward County Historical Comission named Edna a Pioneer. She was also activein the First Methodist church where she taught Sunday School, played piano and sang in the choir. Ahs also found time to serve as president of her Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
Edna served as District 10 Director for FREA for 4 years; but BCREA was her pet organization. She loved all its people and always worked in their interests until her late 90's. She died May 17, 2003.
Lillian Lampkins, who served as president from 1986 - 1988 was the first African-American to hold the position.
|Past Presidents:||Dates of Service:|
|Edna Jacobs||1965 - 1968|
|Kenneth Haun||1968 - 1971|
|Clara Louise Smith||1971 - 1973|
|Eleanor Van Duren||1973 - 1975|
|Irene Guellette||1975 - 1977|
|Hise Tudor||1977 - 1978|
|Edna Jacobs||1978 - 1979|
|Wilbur Marshall||1979 - 1981|
|Lester Trussler||1981 - 1983|
|Elizabeth Geldbaugh||1983 - 1985|
|Lailah Waite||1985 - 1986|
|Lillian Lampkins||1986 - 1988|
|Kenneth Hendricks||1988 - 1990|
|Helen Overmyer||1990 - 1992|
|Kenneth Hendricks||1992 - 1993|
|Thelma Hendricks||1993 - 1995|
|Kathlyn Barno||1995 - 1997|
|Doris Emmett||1997 - 1999|
|Darcia Drago||1999 - 2001|
|Frances Smoot||2001 - 2004|
|Madeline Martin||2004 - 2006|
|Tom Drilling||2006 - 2008|
|Linda Horton||2008 - 2010|
|Margarite Falconer||2010 - 2013|
|Diane Texter||2013 - 2015|
|Echo Heyer||2015 -|
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