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Math was challenge, not roadblock

Ann Elizabeth Martin
Age: 56
Occupation: Director of admission at Ascension Academy

Where did you receive your education?
West Texas State University; Frank Phillips College.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
School was my favorite place to be as a child, and I wanted to be able to contribute to the field of education as an adult.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
I'm a language person, not a numbers person, so math was difficult for me. To get through my math requirements, I thought of ways to personalize the material, kind of transform the numbers into characters and think of formulas as relationships between them.

What is the value of your education?
It is invaluable. Education gives us the ultimate freedom because it provides options in life choices. Without it, I would not have had the opportunity to be part of Ascension Academy.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
I would tell that person to think about the life he wants to be leading 10 years from now. Will leaving school before graduation be a building block toward achieving that life? If the answer is no, move heaven and earth to get that education. There are many resources available to help you make it happen. Find them and utilize them; that's why they are there.

When did you make education a priority?
When it became clear to me that my aptitude and aspirations were leading me to a career as a classroom teacher or administrator. Earning a degree was not optional; it was an essential step toward my future.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I began to appreciate its significance when I began my job search after graduation, and the true implication of it has surfaced repeatedly throughout my career.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
I never thought seriously about quitting before graduation.

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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