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Education an 'investment'

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Dianne Hill
Age: 46
Occupation: Executive director of Opportunity School, a nonprofit early-childhood program.

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

How has your education played a role in your life today?
So many different parts of my formal and informal education prepared me for this work. My parents always stressed the importance of education. My sister and I were given the time, the support and the tools to do well in school.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
Going back to college as an adult to take accounting and early-childhood courses after getting my bachelor's degree was challenging.

What is the value of your education?
My education represents an investment of time and passion, and its value is immeasurable. Education is an investment that yields at least tenfold the amount of time a person puts into it.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Follow your heart, and invest in yourself. You will never regret it.

When did you make education a priority?
I don't remember a single turning point in making it a personal priority. But as I've experienced the incredible, transformational power of education in the lives of the young children, I've realized that education is our best, brightest hope if we want to change society for the better.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
We don't always understand the importance of education as much as we should while we're younger. Experience has made me realize the incredible gift of being able to receive a well-rounded education.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
During the tough times, my husband, my co-workers, my friends, my family and my faith help to convince me that all things are possible.

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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