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Education shows supervisor the way
Charlie Sanchez
Age: 56
Occupation: Safety Supervisor, Universal Utility Services

Where did you receive your education?
Palo Duro High School, Amarillo College, West Texas State University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
Without a doubt, education is my "role model." Unlike movie stars, athletes, the rich and famous, education is what I look up to.

What was your greatest education challenge and how did you overcome it?
Appropriating time for my family, career and other day-to-day activities, I prioritized my time and goals, and put an action plan in place to achieve those goals.

What is the value of your education?
I saw this quote from Sir Claus Moser years ago that made a profound impact on me: "Education costs money, but then so does ignorance." That's the value of education to me.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
To continue at all costs. Nine times out of 10, I get this response: It's too hard. My response is, "Hard? That's what makes it great."

When did you make education a priority?
When I realized I would be in a position to help and make an impact on people's lives.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I have been blessed with many things in my life, education being equally important.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Yes, there were times when I asked myself, is this really worth it? I would sit for a while, close my eyes and try to vision what it would feel like to quit. I didn't like what I saw or felt. That was the motivation that stoked the desire and will to continue.

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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