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Arts career 'wonderful' to director
Katrina Perales
Age: 36
Occupation: Arts administrator and executive director of Amarillo Youth Choirs Inc.

Where did you receive your education?

River Road High School; West Texas A&M University; continuing education courses through Amarillo College.

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

I have been blessed with a wonderful career in arts administration. I am able to run the company effectively and efficiently from setting budgets and raising monies to promoting and overseeing the company.

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

My greatest educational challenge was paying the tuition and fees when I was in college. I was extremely fortunate to have some good scholarships as well as terrific parents who knew the importance of an education.

What is the value of your education?

I am better equipped to choose my career path. My career has afforded me exciting opportunities of working with kids, getting to know fantastic people, enjoying music, travel and working side by side with my husband, Jerry.

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

The poet and author Maya Angelou said it best. "Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you. All the other tangible rewards will come as a result."

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

Education gives you confidence. With confidence, I feel as if I can accomplish anything that I set my mind to. I might stumble and I might even fall, but where would I be if I did not try at all?

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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