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Principal has a passion to educate

Kathi Lewis
Age: 59
Occupation: Elementary school principal

Where did you receive your education?
Manzano High School, Albuquerque, N.M.; Amarillo College; West Texas State University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
I have loved school since I was a young girl, and I continue to love being in a school each day. One of my favorite things to do as a principal is to watch teachers teach. It is so amazing to see the learning that takes place in students each day.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I married right after high school, so my greatest challenge was beginning college at 27 and not knowing whether I could be successful. I was one of the oldest students in my classes at Amarillo College. I started slowly by taking one class at a time.

What is the value of your education?
Education has opened the doors to many different opportunities throughout my career.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
It's like having an insurance policy. It can be very beneficial to have the degrees and certifications. You never know when you might need them. It makes you more marketable and you learn so much along the way.

When did you make education a priority?
Education became really important to me after I reached adulthood and my son struggled so much in school. That's when I knew I wanted to be an educator.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My father always told me it is important to get further education or some kind of training after high school. When I finally realized I wanted to be a teacher, I knew that the only way I could make that happen was to get a degree.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Once I began the process of working toward a degree and experienced success in my classes, I never considered quitting.

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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