Diane Anglin admits that she bleeds blue and white. She’s a Montclair girl, with roots here that go back to her grandmother. They fuel her passion for giving back to her community.
For the past eight years, Ms. Anglin has served as an instructor for the Career Development Institute (formerly known as Project Life). She provides employment readiness and life skills classes, explaining that the first hour of each three-hour class begins with basics such as how to write a resume, apply and interview for a job, retain a job, and more. The second hour encompasses life skills where she teaches students cooking basics, how to pay rent, use coupons, handle an ATM card, even have a conversation (e.g. what do you say after hello?). The third hour was filled out with a Speaker Series that highlighted a guest who discussed the challenges they faced in their career journey.
Ms. Anglin had a prior career in social services, working at a correctional facility and a homeless shelter for women. These days she’s a substitute teacher in the district. Her work with CDI allows her to engage parents and children to help them do their best, an interest that was inspired by her seven years as the president of the PTA Council. Her hope for each student is that they’re able to get employment and take the skills they’ve acquired so they can be prepared for the next step, whether that be college, a job, or an interview for an apartment. Ms. Anglin comments that she’s “proud of what MNDC does for the town. Young people [who succeed in the program] are the fruit of their labors.”