Former Local Superintendent Ryan Retires After 54 Years in Education


Janel Ryan, a former superintendent of schools for the Truth or Consequences Municipal School District, has announced her retirement from the Farmington Municipal School District, where she has served as superintendent since leaving Truth or Consequences.

Ryan is a graduate of St. Benedicts in St. Joseph, Minn. She did graduate work at Moorehead State, the University of North Dakota and New Mexico State University.

Ryan taught school for 12 years in North Dakota, including holding the job of principal for four years at the St. James Academy at New Rockford, N.D. She also taught in Gallup for three years.

Ryan taught at Truth or Consequences Middle School and was named Truth or Consequences Elementary School principal in July 1979. She served in that position for four years. In June 1985, Ryan was named assistant superintendent. In October 1987, she took over as superintendent, following the resignation of Jerry Blandford.

She was a resident of Truth or Consequences and Sierra County for 23 years, and was installed president of the local Rotary Club in July 1994.

Janel was named Administrator of the Year in 2010 by the New Mexico School Superintendents’ Association.

On Friday, Dec. 12, and in a room full of friends, family and district staff members, Farmington schools Superintendent Janel Ryan celebrated her retirement after spending nearly 54 years in education, according to an article published by the Farmington Daily Times.

That publication stated that Ryan announced her retirement after suffering a heart attack in July. The Daily Times also quoted Ryan as stating that she is disappointed that recent education reform measures in New Mexico aren’t showing results as quickly as she would like, adding that she would like to see teachers respected again for their work and be paid a living wage to help them stay in the field.


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