Occupation: Director of communications for Maryville City Schools
Family: Married to Wayne Anglim for 26 years. They have twin daughters, Caroline and Annemarie, 20.
Sharon and Wayne Anglim met underground.
They weren’t counter-culture types running from the law. They worked in the same underground facility while in the Air Force.
“We met in the Air Force. He was cute as a button. We worked at Strategic Air Command headquarters in Omaha, Neb.,” she says. “There is an underground command post, and we worked underground running the computer system that supported the command post. We met in 1979 and married in 1985.”
The native of Southwest Virginia was born near Wytheville between Abingdon and Roanoke and joined the Air Force to get computer training, experience and money for college. She ultimately attended seven colleges before earning her bachelor’s degree in business and information systems from Union College in Cincinnati. “I’m two courses away from finishing my master’s degree in strategic leadership from East Tennessee State University,” she says.
After finishing a four-year stint in the Air Force, she moved to Denver and worked for Information Handling Services, a technology information company, and moved with them back to the East Coast. “I lived in Nashville, Lexington and Cincinnati and worked all over the Southeast.”
In 1991, four weeks after giving birth to their twin daughters, she and her husband moved to Maryville. “With my job, I could live anywhere in the Southeast, and it was convenient to live here and fly out of McGhee Tyson,” she says.
About 10 years ago she took a part-time position as executive director with the Maryville City Schools Foundation. Five years ago she became director of communications for Maryville City Schools. Anglim also manages website content, the textbook adoption process and purchases all textbooks. She assists with the testing and assessment for the state and serves as a facilitator for that process.
Anglim says she supports and promotes the school system because of the experience her daughters’ had. “I feel really passionate about the quality of the education they received,” she says.
Anglim recalls how eight or nine years ago, she was purchasing software for the foundation and was talking with a vendor in California who asked her what set Maryville City Schools apart from others. “She said, ‘I talk to school districts all over the Southeast who are wanting to buy software. Invariably they will ask, ‘Does Maryville City Schools use it?’ So I want to know, what is it about Maryville City Schools?’”
Anglim said she was happy to give the vendor an answer. “I told her that the thing that sets us apart is this community’s long history of support for excellence in education. People expect excellence in education, and, in our position, we intend to deliver. It is part of the fabric of what this community is about.”
Here is Sharon Anglim:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘”There is no place like home,’ from ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Even today, when I see Dorothy click her heals and say those sweet words, I’m transported to another place. I hope my girls feel the same way.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“Old family photos, pictures of the kids, my wedding, graduations - I love them all.”
What are you reading currently?
“An organizational change management book for one of my classes.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“I want to ride across Canada on a train, ride horseback along the coast and through the fields of Ireland and downhill ski in the Swiss Alps.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“I asked my husband and he said, ‘Kind.’ I can only hope that is true.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I used to complain about being so tall as a young girl and my grandmother would always say, ‘Who are you to question the work of God? Your job is to make the most of your gifts, which doesn’t leave time for worrying about things you can’t change, so get moving.”
What is your passion?
“My family and my work - both are sources of pride, joy and fulfillment that fuel my days.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Both my parents, now deceased, and both my siblings. We have some unfinished business that banana pudding and a little honest conversation could easily heal.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“The Old West around 1875, maybe in Colorado or Wyoming. I love that period.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“I love ordering things online. First, I can get most anything in size “tall” online, but more importantly, I love arriving at home to find a box sitting by my front door.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“My mother was a beautiful, sweet Southern lady. She came from a long line of strong, hard-working women who spoke their minds - with conviction. Mother was no exception. I could write a book about her life and her influence on me.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“I would have to say all those strong women in my family and a few more. June White taught me that raising children isn’t science and despite their genetic makeup, no two children are alike. My sister is my role model for all things beautiful. My children are a constant reminder that life is short and every moment is precious, and my husband, who every now and again lets me be weak, vulnerable, sad or silly and almost never complains.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Facebook and Twitter.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“Sometimes the worst jobs turn out to be best in terms of learning what you don’t want to do the rest of your life. I learned that working the morning shift in my mother’s restaurant at 14, getting to work at 6:30 on Saturdays was a painful lesson in reality.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“We didn’t watch any cartoons but the best TV I watched was ‘Bonanza.’”
What irritates you?
“People who are so wrapped up in their own agenda they can’t see or feel what their actions do to others.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Blount County Public Library. For me, it is the hallmark of what makes this community such a great place to live. It was created with a collaborative spirit and dedication to education, not to mention it is so beautiful.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“It really isn’t necessary to be completely independent. It is OK to ask for help. I left home at 18 and was on my own always. Life would have been a little bit easier if I hadn’t have been so independent.”