Early Childhood Education student chosen as Student of the Year


MEXICO — Terri Downs describes her student, Roxanne Jewell, as amazing.

“She always goes above and beyond in everything. She instinctively knows what to do with the kids before I say anything,” said the Early Childhood Education teacher at Region 9 School of Technology.

Roxanne, 18, of Bethel and a senior at Telstar Regional Middle/High School there, received the Career Technical Education award for 2010 for Region 9 earlier this month at an area vocational schools awards banquet in Lewiston.

Roxanne will graduate with her high school class June 11, then attend the University of Maine at Augusta at the Norway/Paris Center where she plans to earn a degree in mental health and human services with a specialty in children and families.

“I like helping children. I have known a lot of people who have not had the best childhood. Helping people has given me a great sense of joy,” she said.

She began the Early Childhood Education program at Region 9 when the program began two years ago.

She’s a member of the National Honor Society at Telstar and the National Technical Honor society, a track and field manager, and active in the Bethel Alliance Church.

“She is well-rounded academically. She adds to this program and Region 9 every time she walks through the door,” said Region 9 Director Brenda Gammon.

Roxanne was chosen for CTE Student of the Year by the staff after several meetings, an interview and consensus by the staff.

Roxanne said she was pleased when the Early Childhood Education program began.

“I knew I wanted to work with kids and to learn important skills,” she said. “It has taught me to develop my strengths. Sometimes they teach me more than I’m teaching them. I’ve learned patience and have learned to take care of kids in difficult situations by taking time to talk to them. I’ve learned to give positive feedback.”

Downs said that one of Roxanne’s outstanding qualities is her patience.

“She also has a great sense of humor,” Downs said.

Roxanne loves the outdoors and hiking, fishing and canoeing. She worked for two summers at the 4-H camp at Bryant Pond as a field assistant teaching children outdoor skills.

She also has been a lifelong artist, creating works with pencil and acrylics. She hopes to incorporate this talent, along with plans to learn sign language, into her career working with children.

Roxanne is the daughter Timothy Jewell, now deceased, and Judith and Bruce Smith. She has an older sister and a younger brother.

And she’s the first CTE award recipient from Telstar.

“I was pretty glad. This is pretty cool,” she said.

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