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District 3, Dr. Laura Edler

Laura Edler


District 3

Office:   850-469-6154
Cell:       850-712-0065
Fax:       850-469-6273


Doctorate degree (Ed.D) Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Management, University of West Florida. Pensacola. FL
Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S), Curriculum and Instruction, University of West Florida. Pensacola, FL
Master of Social Work (MSW), Florida State University. Tallahassee, FL
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), University of West Florida. Pensacola, FL
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree: Home Economic Education/General Studies, Pensacola Junior College. Pensacola, FL
Post-secondary: Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Booker T. Washington Vocational School of Practical Nursing. Pensacola, FL
Secondary: Booker T. Washington Junior/Senior High. Pensacola, FL
Elementary: St. Joseph Catholic School. Pensacola, FL  


Dr. Edler is a native Pensacolian.  She is a widow, the parent of one biological son, Michael and six adopted children before she was 25 years old; her nieces and nephews, Barbara, Rosa Lee, Nathalia, Step, Debra and Nathan.  Dr. Edler’s role as an advocate for children began with the special academic and medical needs of two of her children. Dr. Edler’s husband, Norman died in 2011

Dr. Edler has always had a passion for quality education, instilled in her by her mother, Estella, who could not read or write, and as demonstrated in her ability to fulfill her role as a parent, work full time and complete her education at the same time. She has a passion for the value of a quality education for all children of Escambia County regardless of their life situations or circumstances. Dr. Edler will work diligently toward assuring that children will have a fair and just opportunity to reach their individual potential.

Dr. Edler developed and implemented the District One Medical Foster Care Program. She worked on a committee to develop the program statewide. Prior to employment at the University Of West Florida, Department of Social Work, Dr. Edler retired from the Florida Department of Health. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with children and their families in various capacities.


Assistant Professor, University of West Florida, Department of Social Work
District I Medical Foster Care Program Coordinator, Florida Department of Health
Foster Parent Trainer/Foster Home Licensing Counselor, Florida Department of Children and Families
Financial Aid Information Facilitator, Pensacola Jr. College.
Learning Lab Instructor, Pensacola Jr. College.
Licensed Practical Nurse, Sacred Heart Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Magnolia Nursing Home,  Personnel Pool Home Health, and Mt. Lily Day Care Center
Child Development Specialist, Lakeview Center
Social Worker/Community Outreach, St. Joseph Community Center


Elected Escambia School Board Representative 2018
Escambia County Commissioners Appointment to select New Jail Design & Building Firm 2017


Member: St. Joseph Catholic Church
President: Sickle Cell Disease Association of Florida Inc.
Member: Knights of St. Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary.
Diamond Life Member: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Member: NWF Democratic Women Committee
Member: NWF Institute for Women in Politics
Member: NAACP
Member: Movement for Change
Member: Shannytown Committee for Progressive Change


Brentwood Elementary School
Brown Barge Middle School 

Camelot Academy
Ensley Elementary School
Global Learning Academy
Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy

Lincoln Park Elementary School
Montclair Elementary School
Oakcrest Elementary School
Weis Elementary School
Pensacola High School 
West Florida High School