She knew sign language and would often sign while she played the piano and sang.
It was the epitome of multitasking, and even though her students were just kindergartners, she tried to pass on these attributes to them through the years.
But on Monday, Andersen Elementary in Newport Beach "lost a legend" in Carol Jewell, who taught at the school for more than two decades but died of cancer after a two-year battle, Principal Mary Manos said Tuesday.
Jewell was 68.
"It's so sad," Manos said. "Everybody absolutely loved her. She was so strong … so strong. She worked every day up until a few weeks ago… Even some of the children's parents had her — that's how long she worked here."
Born as Carol Mauser, on July 2, 1942, in Hollywood Hills, she eventually moved to Newport Beach, where she graduated from Newport Harbor High School. She married William Jewell, a two-time Olympian who competed in kayaking in the 1964 and 1968 Games, said Erik Jewell, 40, one of her two sons.