West Grand Community Education Foundation names Roxane White Citizen of the Year
Teaching isn’t a vocation for Roxane White, this year’s Citizen of the Year selected by the West Grand Community Educational Foundation, it is lifestyle that comes from a heart of passion.
Her involvement in the Kremmling community, “isn’t that big a deal” White insists. “Why would I not do it?” she asked. “I like doing it, it is fun and I enjoy being around kids.”
White will be honored as the 2011 Citizen of the Year at the West Grand Community Educational Foundation’s 13th annual banquet at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at West Grand High School in Kremmling.
The dinner will be buffalo steaks cooked over a mesquite fire, complemented with baked potatoes, baked beans and rolls and topped off with a dessert. This year’s entertainment will be the Chimaltonalli Azteca Dance Group.
White taught in the West Grand School District from 1979 until 2007. She was a fourth-grade teacher for five years and a third-grade teacher for 20 years. She took a leave of absence for one year in which she ended up teaching high-school English for 11 weeks and then she finished a fourth-fifth grade teaching experience for two years.
A family move brought White to Grand County in 1970. Her father, a civil engineer, was in charge of constructing the infrastructure for Henderson Mill and Mine. White graduated from Middle Park High School in 1975 and continued her education at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. In 1979, she earned her bachelor’s degree with a dual major of elementary education and special education. Continuing her education, in 1992, White completed work for her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis in gifted and talented.
Throughout here tenure as an elementary school teacher, White brought a blend of passion, innovation and imagination to her teaching. She sought to engage her students in the learning experience and believes passion for teaching and learning is the key for a valuable experience. “I believe you do a better job of teaching what you are interested in,” White said.
To that end, she worked with students in extra-curricular programs such as Odyssey of the Mind, Math Pentathlon, World Geography and Chess Club. She led a summer enrichment program for students in the West Grand School District for several years and taught a summer enrichment program through the Northwest BOCES for two summers. In 1999, she earned the Teacher of Year Award from Wal-Mart.
Since retiring from teaching, she has been far from inactive. She continues as a substitute teacher in the district, she helped to organize an International Night for the K-8 students at West Grand and she spearheaded a team of volunteers to reorganize the school library from two separate collections into one K-8 collection.
Outside the walls of the school, she is a member of the Grand County Library District board of directors and has done volunteer work with Grand County 4-H, Boy Scouts and Zeta Pi Sorority.
She has been instrumental in bringing to the West Grand community the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. With the help of the Educational Foundation, the Kremmling Rotary Club and citizen donations, this program provides every registered child from birth to age 5 a free book every month.
In addition, White has donated her collection of fossils to the West Grand School District.
White is married to Lonnie White, who owns Kremmling Technology Services, a company that provides internet service to homes and businesses. She met Lonnie when she was tutoring the children from his first marriage. Those children, Shawn, Chad and Zack, have blessed Lonnie and Roxane with 12 grandchildren. Roxane and Lonnie have a son Ryan, a nuclear engineer who works for the Naval Ship Yard in Bremerton, Wash. Ryan recently married Laura, a nuclear engineer who also works at the Bremerton ship yard.
Roxane’s enthusiasm for life is infectious. She is one of those people who never seems to have a bad day. She is unfailingly upbeat and a person who confronts problems by seeking solutions.
Tickets for the annual banquet are now on sale through the West Grand School District office, located at 715 Kinsey Avenue. Tickets may also be reserved by calling (970) 724-3217 or by contacting Dean Billington, Susan Billington, Jeremy Bock, Kendra Bock, Kevin Chalfant, Dave Hammer, Karen Hammer, Ken Haynes, Linda Haynes, Candy Heide, Dave Jones, Leslie Jones, Kelly Martin, Sara Rosene or Teri Tanton.
The tickets, which are limited and sell out quickly, are $30 per person for dinner and the show or $5 at the door for the 7 p.m. show. Throughout the evening, the audience will also be entertained by the students of the West Grand School District. Presentations will be given by students from the Kremmling Preschool, the K-8 students and high school students.
Azteca Arts Colorado is a collaboration of artists with roots in the indigenous cultures of North and Central America, particularly Mexico. The group’s collective goal is to promote the awareness and advancement of the people’s beautiful heritage. They promote their self-preservation of the culture through educational, economical, spiritual and nutritional growth utilizing the arts to achieve these goals.
The Aztec dance is based around spiritual dances. Throughout history, the Aztecs recognized and paid tribute to the natural forces of the universe. Through traditional dances, wearing special colorful native dress, the dance group will present spiritual and traditional aspects of the ancient Mexican culture.
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