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Commitment to education pays off

Kellie Tiner
Age: 27
Occupation: Children's Miracle Network coordinator

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

How has your education played a role in your life today?
It provided the doorway to a world full of knowledge. Life is full of things we may not understand or even be aware of. Education gives the edge to learn about the unknown and the ability to try new things.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
History was never my strong point, it just seemed to be dates and places. However, I now realize history is more. As others have said, if we do not learn from history, then we are doomed to repeat mistakes.

What is the value of your education?
Education cannot be taken away from you. Education is something that does not stop at the door, learning continues to happen each and every day.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would say go for it. Continuing your education is just not about tests and homework, but instead education allows you to see who and what you can do and want to become.

When did you make education a priority?
Education was a priority in my family, so it has been there my entire life.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
My mom. I never felt as smart as my brother or sister because of our individual strengths and differences. My mom emphasized that I should focus on the areas I liked and excelled. I learned each individual learns at a different pace or method. Those differences also gave me strength and courage to try new or difficult opportunities.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Quitting was never an option, although sometimes I got frustrated, discouraged and even fed up with situations.

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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