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She enjoyed college as older student

Stacy Clopton Yates
Age: 42
Occupation: Public relations coordinator, Amarillo Public Library

How has your education played a role in your life today?
I have been very privileged to do work I love, in fields for which I have great passion. Whether I was working in news, public radio or for the library, my education has always been critical because it taught me how to think. No matter what you study - philosophy or math or plumbing - education should teach you how to find information and how to evaluate it.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
School was pretty easy for me as young child, so I didn't develop good study practices. As I grew older and the work grew more difficult, I realized it's much harder to pick up good habits as an adult.

What is the value of your education?
Immeasurable! While it's certainly true that earning degrees has helped in my professional life, I firmly believe that education has a value completely beyond the marketplace. It expands our world and exposes us to new ideas, and that improves our quality of life no matter how we earn a living.

When did you make education a priority?
I had a family and a full-time job when I went back to school. That was hard - I had to give up certain activities to do my schoolwork - but it was also great fun and I enjoyed being in school as an older student.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I'm fortunate. My mom was a teacher and she taught me how to read before I started school. She also taught me to ask questions and consider new ideas. She and my dad always made school a priority. I know I was incredibly blessed to grow up in a family with that kind of attitude toward education.

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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