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Parents gave her gift of education
Maury Roman
Age: 38
Occupation: Attorney

Occupation: Educator

Where did you receive your education?

High School: Loyola de Cuernavaca. College: Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

How has your education played a role in your life today?

It has made all of the difference in the way I see the world, I relate to others and in the lifestyle I possess and I would like others to achieve.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?

It was learning how to speak English. I started learning English back in 1996 while I was the information director at the School of Medicine of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in San Antonio. I am still improving with the help of many friends in Amarillo.

What is the value of your education?

Put in simple words, my education is the best inheritance my parents gave me.

What would you say to someone who is undecided about continuing his or her education?

I would say do not stop now. Look how far you have come and how much farther you can still go. I would tell them that in order to achieve professional and economic success for themselves and their children they should look at a formal education as one of the most viable ways to do it. More importantly, I would tell them about the many programs available to assist them during their educational adventure to make it as free of worries as much as possible.

When did you make education a priority?

Since I was in elementary school. There are 12 children in my family and I remember my parents always encouraging us to study and to be the best at everything, especially if we did not want to suffer depravations as they did most of their lives.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?

Obtaining a professional job in the United States. The knowledge and tools I received has prepared me to perform a job anywhere I want to go, whether it is in Argentina, in Europe, and even in China. I am confident I can learn Mandarin.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?

No, I did not. Quitting is losing, and I do not like to lose. My father is the most important reason I finished my education. Although there were also other factors that kept me going, like the fact that I wanted to acquire a job that would provide for universal needs such as a roof over my head, a meal on my table, and clothes. With my education, I am able to do what I enjoy the most now, which is helping others achieve the success I have achieved through 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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