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Education gives attorney sense of security

Pamela Gleason
Age: 41
Occupation: Attorney at Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott.

Where did you receive your education?
Norfolk Academy, Norfolk, Va.; Altus High School, Altus, Okla. University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
My education is something that cannot be taken away. It gives me a sense of security every day.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I would say law school. It was unlike any educational experience I had ever had. By listening and working very hard, I made it.

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?
If someone is undecided, there is probably a reason - lack of money, time, support or other commitments. Do some digging. There are so many resources out there. Book a tour at Amarillo College or West Texas A&M University. Ask about career counseling and tuition assistance.

When did you make education a priority?
Education has always been a priority. However, it really hit me when I lived and worked in Dallas for a couple of years after college. I remember blowing my grocery budget to buy a pair of fabulous shoes. I lived on ramen noodles until my next paycheck! I was proud I could support myself and nobody could tell me how to spend my money. But I realized I wanted the shoes and good food, too. I went back to law school the next fall.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My mother and father divorced when I was 18 months old. My mother had a college degree, but she still struggled because she had to work full time to support us. Luckily, we lived in the same town as my grandparents, who watched me after preschool and fed us dinner on many occasions. It was actually a college contact of mom’s who offered her a better job in another city. Growing up, knowing that story, always inspired me.

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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