Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
Copyright © 2021 Roswell Daily Record
The Leadership Roswell Alumni Association presents awards to outstanding community members each year, with recipients nominated by area residents and chosen by a selection committee. The Roswell Daily Record will run an article on each of the four award winners. This is the second article in the 2021 series.
For someone who moved to Roswell somewhat reluctantly, Jane Anglin has spent the last 40 years becoming one of its most influential members.
In 1980, she and her late husband, Bill, had just built their “dream home by the river” in Las Cruces when he received an offer to run a local business here, so Anglin wrapped up an eight-year career as a teacher in the Las Cruces area and came to Roswell to begin her 17 years with Roswell schools, first as a Mesa Middle School teacher, volleyball coach and principal, and then as an administrator with the Roswell Independent School District. She retired in 1997 as assistant superintendent of instruction.
“Roswell is a great place to raise kids, truly,” she said, adding that she has two daughters, Paige and Tori, who now live in Denver, Colorado. “There are so many giving people here in Roswell. They still believe that community is all of us and, if you don’t get involved, who will? I am very thankful for all those people who love their community enough to give back to their community.”
Anglin has been selected to receive the 2021 Outstanding Leader Award given by the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association. It is only the most recent of many honors, but a fitting one. Name an important organization in the city and there’s a good chance Anglin has not only volunteered with it, but helped to lead it.
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She was a charter member of Grace Community Church and remains active as a small group leader and greeter leader. She was founder of the Chaves County United Literacy Council, which later merged with the Roswell Literacy Council. She was a board member of the Roswell Girls Club and was appointed to educator commissions to advise the New Mexico Legislature.
Although retired since about 1997, she remains busy most days of her life working with numerous local organizations, including her church, the Roswell Shakespeare Club, the Roswell Tourism Council and and the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico. She also has served as a tutor with the New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy. Until recently, she added, she exercised six days a week. Having been an athlete while in school and a coach as an educator, she is a strong advocate for regular physical activity. Although she has had to curtail exercise in recent days, she said she is a charter member of “Walk with a Doc,” a local group that meets each Saturday with Dr. Reynaldo Martinez to exercise and discuss various health and wellness issues.
She was nominated for the Outstanding Leader award by local author John LeMay. They both have been on the board of directors of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico for many years, with Anglin serving as past-president this year.
“Jane is the most methodical, detailed and responsible person on the board. She is just very impressive. I wasn’t even aware of all the things she had done before she came to the Historical Society,” LeMay said. “She is not seeking the spotlight. She is a true servant who does right for the sake of doing right.”
Although they met through their volunteer work, LeMay said they have become friends over the years.
“What is most important to me in a friendship is that I respect the other person,” he said, “and I have complete and total respect for her because she always does the right thing.”
Pastor Rick Hale of Grace Community Church said he considers her the “ideal volunteer” because she is willing to help in whatever capacity she can. He said he thinks she is one of the most popular small group leaders, or Sunday School teachers.
“The challenge is to keep it small, because so many people want to be in her group,” he said.
As a school administrator, some of what Anglin introduced to Roswell schools included Advanced Placement classes; the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement program (MESA); technical education courses; and the ability for students to earn college credits while still in high school, what has become the dual credit program.
She said she taught everything from pre-kindergarten to college courses after graduating from Deming High School in 1966 and receiving both a bachelor’s and a master’s from New Mexico State University.
Teaching and serving as an administrator are as different as “apples and oranges,” she said, but she learned to appreciate aspects of both. Teaching was a passion, though, and she appreciates that some of her former students still recognize her and come to greet her after many years.
“Monday was my favorite day of the week, honestly,” she said. “I’m not snowing you on that one.”
As an administrator, her duties included overseeing principals and teacher training, so she made it a point to be in classrooms as much as possible.
She said she believes in the need to forge excellence on a personal and organizational level. One thing she would like to see for Roswell is for community members to work together more.
“I think we have the potential to be exemplary,” Anglin said. “We have exemplary things going on. But sometimes it is not pulled together in a way that everybody in town says, ‘Oh, wow, yeah.’ That is part of my desire for the future is to try to keep people informed. And, as chairman of the Roswell Tourism Council, let people know there really is a lot to do in Roswell. Roswell is so robust, and there are so many people willing to give that it makes it a — nice is too bland a word — a great community.”
She said that she thinks the key to moving to the next level is increased citizen involvement.
“It doesn’t have to be big. It can be in your neighborhood,” Anglin said. “It’s like those kids who cleaned up Spring River. They took that upon themselves. And, when you get involved, don’t just be an observer, be an active participant.”
Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at email@example.com.