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Curator took lumps freshman year

Charlie Vaughan
Age: 24
Occupation: Assistant curator of education, Amarillo Museum of Art

Where did you receive your education?
University of Colorado; Dallas Museum of Art internship program.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Without it I would not have discovered my love for the arts or have the motivation to teach and spread my love for them.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My freshman year of college. Being in a new place, alone, not knowing anyone and then learning how to allow yourself to grow mentally and emotionally, while learning who you are; your values, beliefs, priorities, friends, and questioning everything your parents taught you and holding down a job - I'm surprised I made it out alive!

What is the value of your education?
Priceless. My student loans, however, are not, but they are worth it.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would quote Paulo Freire, a theorist of education: "Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity, or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."

When did you make education a priority?
In high school after I realized it was a privilege and not a chore.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I think I realize the importance of it every day. I am constantly meeting and working with new people and my education has given me the opportunity to go into any situation and be confident.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Sure. Who hasn't? But when you can see your goals and all the opportunities and resources out there for you, why would you ever quit? Nothing is worth it unless you work for it.

2009 Stories
2008 Archive
calendar of events
  • January 11
    Kickoff of 2009 Program
    Find out what Celebrate Education is all about in this special section in your Sunday paper.
  • March 7
    Regional Spelling Bee, West Texas A&M University
    The annual Regional Spelling Bee will feature the top spellers from the Amarillo area. The top five winners will receive scholarship money ranging from $500 to $5,000 and the winner will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to represent the area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Spring and Fall
    Amarillo Reads community-wide reading projects.
    Dates and details TBA
  • April
    Amarillo Education Matching Grants Program. Exact date TBA
  • April 10
    What's a Kid to Do Special Section
  • April 12
    What's a Kid to Do at the Amarillo Civic Center
    This event will focus on activities and camps for children to participate in during the summer..
  • May 8-29
    Beating the Odds
    A series of stories published daily in the Amarillo Globe-News during the graduation season that profiles people who have inspiring stories to tell about the degree they are about to receive.
  • May 12
    Ready for the Real World program at Amarillo Civic Center
    AISD juniors get training on what's going to face them in a little more than a year.
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Special Section
  • May 16
    Best and Brightest Event at West Texas A&M University
  • Fall
    Discover College Day
    Fifth graders from area schools visit college campuses.
  • October 1
    Great Jobs Special Section
    Focusing on well paying jobs available in the area that people may not know about.
  • November 2
    Career Education Special Section
    Focusing on businesses and others in the community helping young people gain a career vision.
  • November
    Yes You Can Event
    Designed to help people gain information about the next level of education from GED to PhD. Date TBA.
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