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Social worker loves helping kids
Leticia Monica Guerrero

Age: 29
Occupation: School social worker

Where did you receive your education?
Palo Duro High School; Amarillo College; West Texas A&M University.

How has your education played a role in your life today?
I love helping children and families, and my education allows me to help them. My education also has allowed me to make contacts in the community I use as resources for the families I work with. Education is a way to improve myself and learn new things to assist me in my career.

What was your greatest educational challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest educational challenge was financial. I did not qualify for federal grants, and student loans were not enough to cover the costs and expenses. I worked two jobs, one full time and one part time, to pay for college.

What is the value of your education?
My education provides me with the knowledge to assist students and families to the best of my abilities. My education also enables me to be self-sufficient and fulfill my dreams of traveling and obtaining things I've wanted.

What would you say to someone who's undecided about continuing their education?
Continue your education, even if you don't know what it is that you want to do for the rest of your life. Start taking the basic courses you will need no matter what you do, while taking a class or two in different areas you are interested. If you don't want to go to school for a long time, take certification courses. Whichever route you take, you'll be thankful you did because an education is a stepping stone to making your dreams a reality.

When did you make education a priority?
Education has been a priority for me since elementary school. My parents really stressed the importance of education my whole life.

What made you realize the importance of education in your life?
I realized the importance of education in my life by seeing the struggles my family overcame.

Did you ever think about quitting? What made you keep going?
Yes, I did think about quitting. Working two jobs, going to school full time, and life's obstacles became overwhelming. The encouragement of my professors, advisers, and family gave me the strength to continue and not give up on myself.

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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