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Justin Edgar
Posted: Feb. 23, 2020 12:30 am Updated: Feb. 23, 2020 12:34 am


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... the running back for the Dallas Cowboys or the shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals because of Emmitt Smith and Ozzie Smith.

What would you rather be doing right now? Really just spending time with our families, whether it's at the Ozarks, in the bleachers watching the boys play or around the kitchen table.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I hate snakes. They always sneak up on you. You never see them coming!

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? The moments when you believe you have made an impact on a student's life. It might be something that the student or their parent says, or it might be a decision you see them make. Even if we have been a small part of helping make their life a little better, it's pretty special.

It really stinks when ... people are inconsiderate of others.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Talker.

I always laugh when ... I see someone getting scared. So I hate when I get scared by a snake, but I would love to watch a video of it.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My dad (he passed away seven years ago) and my two sons. I would just love to hear the conversation they would have. He would be so proud of what they have become. I would sneak my mom in the back, though, so she could get a hug.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... eat! Especially if we have chips in the house.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... nice, I hope.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... We met a lady in Dallas that bumped into Troy Aikman one time at a restaurant. So by two degrees of separation, we met Troy Aikman. I'll never forget it!

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... visit places on the family's bucket list.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... move away from here. Both families are close, and they mean everything to us.

America should be more concerned about ... the mental health of our youth. Cellphones and Snapchat have become their moral compass, and our kids are suffering because of it.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... Legos. We could pay for our sons' first years of college with the amount of money that has been spent on their Legos.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... and just to get updates.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Growing up, Dad would say sometimes as we were leaving, "Be good, be kind, be considerate." Simple advice that leads to a pretty meaningful life.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... country music or sports talk radio.

I always get sentimental when ... I'm breathing. I get the "feels" all the time. I don't know small emotions.

The older I get, the more I realize ... just how blessed my life really is.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... worry less about what other people thought and focus more on being grateful.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my dad's pearl button shirts.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's that Jackie Edgar is the best mom a guy could ask for! Thanks, Mom!


Justin Edgar, 36, and his wife, Mel, live in Liberty, Ill., with their two sons, Gavin, 10, and Grady, 7. Edgar is the junior high/high school principal at Liberty. For the Edgars, watching their boys play sports is their primary hobby right now.