Mora County Notebook - Roybal receives education doctorate

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By Ruth Fort

Mora native Anita Roybal recently held a celebration to honor her educational achievement. Roybal, the wife of Deacon Eloy C. Roybal, received her doctorate in education from the New Mexico State University. Recently, Roybal was honored at a celebration organized by her husband and their family.  

All nine of her children and 12 grandchildren were there. They came from Los Angeles, Indiana, Colorado and all over the state to honor their mother and grandmother.

A large group of family and friends gathered at St. Gertrude’s Parish for a Mass of Thanksgiving. After the mass the well wishers gathered at the Mora Elementary Gym for a reception and dance. The music was supplied by Darren Cordova y Calor de Taos.

Everyone enjoyed the festivities and Anita thanks her husband, children and grandchildren for honoring her achievement on this occasion.

Anita was born in Mora and received her early schooling here. Her mother is Tillie Martinez Trujillo and father was the late Matias Martinez.

She came from a long line of educators as her mother and her grandmother, Antonia Abeyta,  were teachers. She grew up the only girl in a family of three boys. She graduated in Mora High School where she was the valedictorian of her graduating class. She entered New Mexico Highlands University. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education in 1973

She also met the love of her life, Eloy, there and they were married during their junior year. Her first teaching assignment was in Mora elementary school teaching music.

She earned her master’s degree in bilingual education and administration at Highlands University.

She has served the education system in many different capacities. She taught, has been principal, superintendent and served for three years in National School Reform Program In this capacity she visited schools all over the nation and the state of New Mexico to study their programs and help them.                  .

She also assisted her husband in his work as music teacher and band leader in the Mora Schools.

In the meantime, she continued her education and raised nine children. They are all doing well in their chosen fields of lawyer, doctor, nurse, two teachers, dietitian, two engineers, and her youngest is at New Mexico State University.         

At present, she has taken the position of assistant professor in charge of placement and supervision of student teachers at Northern New Mexico College in Española.

We wish her well in her new endeavor and her theme, “It’s better to build children than to repair men.”

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.