Edwina Fallis was a Denver native, daughter of pioneer Denver grocer Daniel Hurd, who served as president of the Denver School Board. Not surprisingly, Fallis had a passion for education. Through her creative toys and props, she brought stories to life for her kindergarten pupils, teaching in the Denver schools for over 40 years and sharing her innovative teaching methods with others. During that time, she wrote textbooks and the best-selling book “The Child and Things,” which funded her newly launched Fallis Toy Shop. Following retirement, Fallis began to write. She published 100 poems and wrote “When Denver and I Were Young,” a charming children’s book that relates her memories of growing up in Denver. After her death, Denver named the Edwina Hume Fallis Elementary School after her as a tribute to her contributions to education. She was the first Denver Public Schools teacher to have a school named after her.