Jewell moved back to Knoxville from Macon, Georgia after her teaching career. High school behavior disorders and elementary gifted education were her primary areas of instruction. In 1988, she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Georgia and the following year, Ms. Wheelchair America. Since then, she has judged in many state pageants and has been a national judge twice. She was also the fist Independent Delegate State Coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair America. Jewell sees her contributions to MWTN as historical experience with state and national experience, especially in the area of qualifications and has written many judging questions for both organizations.