The Roxana Merrill Moonstone Scholarship for Early Child Development
Roxana Merrill, who was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA., was a young woman who was divorced and left to raise 2 young boys with no job and no job prospects. Instead of going into full out panic mode, after settling herself down Roxana decided she wanted to not only get a job, but get a career. Something that she knew would not only allow her to provide for her family, but also put her in a position to make a difference in people’s lives. Roxana loved kids so it only made sense that Roxana enroll in college and began her major in Early Childhood Development. At the same time that Roxana was taking college courses she was working full-time jobs at day care centers, moving up the supervisory ladder with each position she applied for. Not an easy feat while raising two young children of her own. This Lady understood that if you want a child to grow to be responsible for themselves when they got older that you don’t use the traditional ways of teaching right and wrong. She wouldn’t hover over her students and lay down the law harshly. Now don’t get me wrong. Roxana knew how and when to lay down discipline, but it was always deserved and explained to the child what was wrong and the child would almost always respond back with why what they had done was wrong. Roxana knew to get through to any kid you’ve got to do so on their physical level and on their level of understanding. She was truly, to borrow a phrase, a Child Whisperer.