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Learning to learn
Gregg Moreland
Age: 44
Occupation: Biology teacher and varsity boys basketball assistant at Palo Duro High School.

Where did you receive your education?
South Plains College in Levelland and Texas Tech University in Lubbock; Monterey High School in Lubbock.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Since third grade my dream was to be a basketball coach. This would not have happened without a college education.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
The first day of genetics class at Tech, the professor announced that only pre-med students would pass, so everyone else should drop the course. I had to really buckle down and focus, but I passed.

What is the value of your education?
I get to do something I love. Everyday I get to work with children who I truly enjoy. I get to work with excellent administrators and teachers.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Do you want to earn minimum wage for the rest of your life? I would also tell them you cannot support a family on minimum wage earnings. College may not be for everyone, but get trained to something you enjoy so you can provide for yourself and a family.

When did you make education a priority?
My freshman year of college I knew that if I was going to make it, I would need to focus on academics.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My parents stressed education. College was always the goal.

Did you ever think of quitting? What made you keep going?
uitting was never an option. I did not want to disappoint my parents.

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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