Roe becomes educator, joins family business

BY STACIE BOSTON
Multimedia Reporter
09/16/2016 08:30 AM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Jamie Roe graduated from Texas Tech University earlier this year and is a teacher at Sharp Academy, a school for dyslexic, ADHD and ADD students. COURTESY
LUBBOCK, Texas. – Coming from a family of educators, Cherokee Nation citizen Jamie Roe followed in those footsteps and is a teacher at Sharp Academy, a school for dyslexic, ADHD and ADD students.

“I am teaching biology I, II and chemistry, so since I was a nutrition major I had all of the sciences imaginable. So I had biology I, biology II, anatomy I, anatomy II, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, just everything like that, so kind of a science nerd,” she said. “I thought I would be able to give back to them in that aspect.”

Roe, who graduated from Texas Tech University in the spring, said she always had an interest in kids with “brain differences” and wanted to help them in the classroom setting.

“I’ve always kind of been interested in kids with brain differences, and I was really drawn to this school,” she said. “A lot of them, like having dyslexia, words and things will move around on them, and I think that in a way I’ll be able to kind of help them overcome that and I’ll be patient with them.”

Roe said she isn’t the first teacher in her family, and probably won’t be the last.

“Everybody in my family was in education, like my grandpa, my grandmother, most of my aunts and uncles, my dad and my mom. So it’s kind of been inevitable,” she said.

She said her mother, who is the special education director for Tuba City Unified School District in Arizona, where Roe grew up, is one of her role models. She said she believes her mother’s line of work drew her to where she is now.

“It definitely kind of drew me towards this because she is one of my role models, and I think that just seeing her work with kids that a lot of people have put aside kind of motivated me to follow in her footsteps,” she said.

Roe has been teaching since August and said she enjoys it.

“I’ve truly enjoyed it. I think the kids are making it easy on me for sure,” she said. “I think that I’m learning a lot from them as well, a lot about myself. It’s a great opportunity to be able to give back because I know that I’m giving to the future in a way.”
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Lubbock, ᏅᏓᎩ. – ᏂᏓᏳᏂᎩᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ, ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Jamie Roe ᏚᏍᏓᏩᏛᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎾᎢᏒ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ Sharp Academy, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ dyslexic, ADHD ᎠᎴ ADD ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ.

“ᏕᎦᏕᏲᎲᏍᎦ biology 1, 11 ᎠᎴ chemistry, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᏗ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᏗᏆᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎦᏓ sciences ᎬᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᎦᏍᏆᏓ biology 1, biology 11, anatomy 1, anatomy 11, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, ᏂᎦᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᏓᎾ, ᎢᏳᏍᏗ science nerd,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ ᎦᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᎡᎵᏊ ᎦᎦᏥᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎦᎦᏥᏁᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏗᏝ ᎨᏒᎢ.”

Roe ᏚᏍᏆᏛ ᎦᎸᎳᏗ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ Texas Tech University ᎪᎨᏯ ᏥᎨᏒ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᏚᏰᎸᏒ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᎿ “ᎤᏅᏥᏓ ᏚᏓᎴᎾᎥ” ᎠᎴ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᎯᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏯᎥᎢ.

“ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎾᏆᎵᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᎿ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎤᏅᏥᏓ, ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎠᏆᏚᎵᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢᏗᏝ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎤᏂᎪᏓ, ᏯᏛᎾ ᎤᏁᎯ dyslexia, ᏗᎧᏁᎢᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎵᏕᎸᎮᏍᎪ, ᎠᎴ ᎨᎵᎠ ᎡᎵᏊ ᏰᎦᏥᏍᏕᎳ ᎤᏓᎵᏁᎯᏗᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏇᎵᎯᏍᎬᎾ ᏱᎩ.”

Roe ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Ꮭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᏱᎩ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ, ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎣᏂ ᏱᎨᏎᏍᏗ.

“ᏂᎦᏓ ᎾᎿ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ, ᎡᏚᏓ, ᎡᎵᏏ, ᏂᎦᏓᏊ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᎩᏠᎦ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᎩᏚᏥ, ᎡᏙᏓ ᎠᎴ ᎡᏥ. ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏥ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏓᏤᏟᏓ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏙᎯ ᎾᎿ Tuba City Unified School District in Arizona, ᎾᎿ Roe ᎤᏛᏒᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᏌᏊ ᎤᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏙᏗ. ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎤᏬᎯᏳ ᎤᏥ ᏄᏍᏛ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᎤᎲ ᎤᏚᎸᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ.

“ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎠᎩᎾᏎᏁᎡ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏗᏝ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎦᏥᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎩᎵᎠ ᏥᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎲ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬ ᎠᏆᏚᎸᎲᎢ ᏥᏍᏓᏩᏛᏍᏗ ᎤᏠᏯ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Roe ᎾᎿ ᏂᏓᏕᏲᎲᏍᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎶᏂ ᏥᎧᎸ ᎬᏩᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎢᎦ ᎤᎸᏉᏓ.

“ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ. ᎦᏓᏅᏖᏍᎬ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎯᏓ ᏂᎬᏋᏁᎰ ᏙᎯᏳ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎨᎵᏍᎬ ᎢᎦ ᎤᎪᏓ ᎦᏥᏕᎶᏆᎡ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ, ᎤᎪᏓ ᎦᏕᎶᏆ ᎠᏋᏌ ᎾᏆᏍᏛᎢ. ᎤᎪᏓ ᎠᏝᏅᏓᏗᏍᎪ ᏙᎠᏁᏗ ᏅᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗ ᎠᏆᏅᏓ ᎦᏥᏁᎲ ᏫᏥᎦᏛᎢ.”

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