Rison woman retires after more than 48 years in education


Edna Mae Brown-Roshell of Rison recently retired from the Rison Adult Education satellite center of Southern Arkansas University Tech Adult Education at Camden.

Brown-Roshell’s career journey spans more than 48 years. A native of Augusta, she graduated from Dr. George Washington Carver High School in 1961. She also graduated from AM&N, now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, in 1965. She earned a master’s degree from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce.

She began her teaching career in 1965 at Landwood High School at Rison. During her teaching career she taught and served in various capacities in the Lakeside School District at Lake Village and the Rison School District. In 1990, she was hired as a part-time instructor for Adult Education for Jefferson, Dallas and Cleveland counties. She retired from the Rison School District in 1996 after 29 years of service.

After retiring from Rison, Brown-Roshell was instrumental in establishing Cleveland County Adult Education Center at Rison. She has been active in numerous professional organizations throughout her 48 years of teaching, including Arkansas Teachers Association, Arkansas Education Association, Arkansas Educational Media Association, Arkansas Library Association, National Library Association and many others.

Brown-Roshell has been a member of the Church of Christ at Rison for about 40 years. She and her husband, Andrew Roshell Jr., have three children and seven grandchildren.