But Tucker fell in love with more than just UF. On the steps of Norman Hall is where he also met Beverly, a Special Education and Early Childhood Education graduate student, who would later become his wife.
Together, they had full and prosperous careers in education. Glenn served as an associate professor of Science Education, educational science consultant for the state of Georgia, high school principal, adjunct professor of Science Education and assistant superintendent of schools before retiring in 2001. He has published several education articles, primarily discussing effective science teaching skills, and seven books throughout his career.
“Teaching, to me, is passing on what you know and you try to make it as interesting and as fun as you can so the kids will enjoy learning,” Glenn said.
Beverly gained her doctorate from Florida State University, served as a Kindergarten teacher, instructor of Early Childhood Education and retired a full professor of Early Childhood Education. She passed away in 2006 having made a profound effect on the lives of many.
“On Bev’s passing, the funeral home and surrounding grounds were filled, mostly with former students,” Glenn said.
A supporter of the college for decades, Glenn decided to establish a scholarship in 2018 not only to repay the college for his education, but also to embody his and Beverly’s shared love for the UF College of Education.
Glenn created the Drs. Beverly Tucker and Glenn Tucker Endowed Education Scholarship to support future Early Childhood educators, like Beverly, who champion the development of the most important of age groups — birth to age five. “That’s the basic foundation for all of education.” he said.
Glenn shared Beverly was an exceptional educator, and therefore, the College must produce exceptional educators. For both his own education and for that of his wife’s, he believes he owes it to the College to give back.
“I owe Florida everything,” he said. “That’s why I support them.”