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Principal's education shaped life
Kim Bentley
Age: 38
Occupation: Tradewind Elementary School principal

Where did you receive your education?
High School: Amarillo High School; College: West Texas A & M University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
I love children. God has blessed me with the opportunity to be with children every day. My job has shaped the person I have become. Children are my life.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge was having the money to pay for my education. I overcame it by working two jobs. I was very determined. I worked a full-time and part-time job so I would have enough money to pay for school as well as for my living expenses.

What is the value of your education?
The value is very important to me. My education shapes who I am as a person.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Getting an education is a must. You will have more job opportunities with a degree. You will also learn to persevere to help you become successful.

When did you make education a priority?
I loved school from the start. I took it very serious. I wanted the best grades and tried my hardest every day.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My mom and dad would encourage me every day. They did not go to college and wanted a better life for me.

Did you ever think of quitting? What made you keep going?
I never wanted to quit. I knew it was something I needed to do for myself as well as for my family. Going to college was an expectation with my family.

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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