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Retired teacher is 'still learning'

Richard DeVoe
Age: 60
Occupation: Retired teacher

Where did you receive your education?
Tascosa High School; Abilene Christian University; West Texas A&M University; Pepperdine University; Texas Tech University; New College, Oxford University; Princeton University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Education has defined my life. For me, education became an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. As an educator I have enjoyed a quality of life no other profession could have offered.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest education challenge was earning my doctorate at Tech while teaching at Crockett Middle School. The effort required round trips to Lubbock three to four times a week, before the completion of the interstate, as well as several summers in research. Persistence ultimately paid off.

What is the value of your education?
Education has been the means by which my life not only has been actualized, but through which my life has affected others. Education has enabled me to realize the Army's motto: "Be all you can be." As an educator, I have influenced literally thousands of students to be likewise led.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Education derives from the Latin "educere," meaning "to lead out." Commit to education and your full potential will be "led out."

When did you make education a priority?
Education was always held as a family as well as personal priority. Since first grade education has always held a prioritized pride-of-place in my life's value system.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
The mission statement of the public schools once was, "produce productive, lifelong learners." The reality of this statement motivated me away from medicine into education my senior year in college.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
To learn is to live, so there has never been a thought of quitting. I hope to continue to learn and master disparate areas, saying as Michelangelo just before his death, "ancara imparo," - I am still learning.

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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