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Long commute pays off

Education lets director help others

Emily Ellis
Age: 48
Occupation: Development director for The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center

Where did you receive your education?
Amarillo High School; Southwest Texas State University; University of Hawaii.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
The knowledge, friendships and life lessons I gained from expanding my world through education opened doors of opportunity and windows of enlightenment.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I married before graduating college. When my husband accepted a position in another city, I commuted 120 miles to complete the 18 hours remaining to earn my degree.

What is the value of your education?
Obtaining a college degree offered me the opportunity to pursue a career path that appealed to my interest. Knowing that I am helping soothes my soul and gives me a true sense of purpose in life.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Educating yourself gives you the ability to change the circumstances of your life. I've seen so many women marry young and forgo their education to wake up one morning alone.

When did you make education a priority?
My parents receive all credit for my appreciation of learning and drive to achieve in life.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
For me, personally, it was the independence and freedom it provided. I didn't have to stay in a bad relationship or work in an unfulfilling job. I had a choice. Education empowers you to make choices that enrich your life.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
No, never. I love learning and continue to seek out opportunities to improve myself and broaden my knowledge. Albert Einstein had it right when he said, "The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. The more I realize I don't know, the more I want to learn."

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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