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Professor trumpets college degree
Doug Storey

Age: 53

Occupation: College Professor

Where did you receive your education?

Southwest High School, Kansas City, Mo.; University of Missouri - Kansas City; University of Michigan.

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

My education has allowed me to pursue my dreams teaching and performing. It has given me background, history and goals.

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

Learning to play all of the woodwind family. Many, many hours in the practice room.

What is the value of your education?

My education has allowed me to pursue my dreams and goals. Also, it provides a foundation for me to build and continue to grow in my profession.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?

An education pays off in so many ways other than the profession that you choose. It helps you become a well-rounded citizen that has the capacity to weigh options and consider the whole picture. It gives you a depth and richness in your life.

When did you make education a priority?

I became serious during my sophomore year of undergraduate school.

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

Every day I get to work with talented, inquisitive students. I truly look forward to coming to school. I am living the career that I dreamed of because of my education.

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

No. I never thought about quitting.

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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