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High School Staff
Roswell Daily Record News
Carolyn Dawn Provencher, Democrat for state House of Representatives District 56, said recently that if elected, she would work to create an environment that would entice its young people to stay in the state, and would make education, alternative energy and increased services for veterans and retirees priorities.Provencher
, a resident of La Luz, is unopposed in the Democratic primary for District 56.Incumbent Rep.
...A counselor at Cloudcroft High School, Provencher, 49, also is a part-time faculty member at New Mexico State University and NMSU-Alamogordo where she teaches social work.A licensed social worker, she holds a master's degrees in social work and education.
Originally from Georgia, Provencher
served there on the White County Board of Health
and the White County Child Fatality Review Board
in the late 1990s.She has worked as a child protective services investigator for the states of Georgia and Texas, and as a private practice mental health therapist.She also worked for the Georgia Mental Health Institute as director of a community-based residential program for adult-male offenders with mental health issues.Provencher
said New Mexico ranks low compared with other states in terms of livability but can improve because of its favorable climate and natural beauty.
"We're not being proactive enough to capitalize on what our state has to offer," she
said."I want anything that will bring New Mexico up in comparison with the other 49 states."As a legislator, she
would work to increase services for veterans and to attract a veterans clinic to the state.Provencher
also would work to get more services for seniors including support for senior centers and education courses about issues such as the new Medicare prescription drug benefit.Provencher
said that teachers have been "running themselves ragged" trying to meet federal No Child Left Behind requirements and that more teaching time is needed to meet those standards.
"We've got to make sure that our students are equipped with what they need to meet those mandates," she
said the state also should take advantage of its ample solar and wind resources.
"This state should be the leader in terms of alternative energy," she
said."We've got wind.We've got sun."She
said New Mexico must manage its scarce water supplies with meaningful conservation and the best available technology, and she
recommended that a desalination plant be built for non-potable groundwater in the Tularosa Basin.
To fight the youth gang problem in New Mexico, Provencher
would work as a legislator to put more after-school programs in place.
"We've got to provide these young people with something positive to do," she
To combat the methamphetamine problem, she
favors restricting the sale of over-the-counter medicine used to produce meth.Provencher
background in social work and education make her
the best candidate in the District 56 race.
"I know how to ask questions.I know how to gather information.I can advocate and solve problems with input from other people," she
"I'm proud I'm not a career politician," she
From left; Sadie Carrillo,8, and Cypress ...
From left; Sadie Carrillo,8, and Cypress Estrada, 10, had their faces painted to look like cats by Dawn Provencher, an Academy Del Sol counselor and Junior
From left; Sadie Carrillo,8, and Cypress Estrada, 10, had their faces painted to look like cats by Dawn Provencher, an Academy Del Sol counselor and Junior Optimist Club member, during the Untied Way of Otero County Barbecue for Change event at Alameda Park on Saturday. (Janessa Maxilom - Daily News )
A Day in the Life: Dawn ...
A Day in the Life: Dawn Provencher
Alamogordo Daily News
"If it wasn't for her
, I wouldn't be in school," a student said, as she
rolled around in her
school counselor's ergonomic, no-back "chair."
As Academy Del Sol High School's counselor, Dawn Provencher is responsible for several things, but she said she wanted to "help make this a place where kids like to go to school, so learning is a positive thing."
day with the first of two presentations for teachers about the new rules for testing held this week.
Within a few minutes after stepping into her
spoke with a student's employer about some potential problems in the student's work environment.
told a student they did exactly what they should have done by reporting their concerns and she
would handle the situation.
"I wanted them to think I was a nut from the school, not a nut off the streets," she
said about first notifying the student's employer.
"I want my girls to feel safe at work."
And within a few minutes, she
was already planning to meet and mediate a conflict between two students.
Once the two students were in her
Texas accent added to her
glasses hunged almost at the tip of her
nose while she
spoke about respect.
tries to make the school a positive place and make sure students understand that she
and administrators know what is going on with students.
Throughout the day, she
door open for students and teachers.
The second student said Provencher
"goes above and beyond, and she'll pick you up if you can't get a ride to school."
"I love that lady," the third sitting in her
"chair," said smiling.
The second student said Dawn
was the aunt she
"Well, thank you, for not saying grandmother," Dawn said, once she
was back from her
said the hardest part about her
job is when she
gets the students who arrive late to the school some are seniors.
main goal is to help students be successful in school, meaning graduation.
"Greatest school ever, very misunderstood school and misunderstood students," she
"They are not bad kids, they are wonderful kids."
She was a counselor for six years in Cloudcroft and worked with Alamogordo Public Schools for many years prior to that.
She has a bachelor's degree in social work and two master's degrees in education guidance and counseling and social work.
In addition to being a member of the Optimist Club and a third-party voter registrar, she teaches Introduction to Social Work twice a week at NMSU-A and teaches a sociology class at Holloman Air Force Base once a week.
She was a child-welfare investigator for more than 13 years in Texas and Georgia, worked for public health, mental healt and private practice.
then began in education and stayed there.
helped enroll the 40 students in the dual-credit program with New Mexico State University-Alamogordo at Academy Del Sol.
"They were difficult to write," counselor ...
"They were difficult to write," counselor Dawn Provencher said.