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Education a lifetime gift
Leslie Frith
Age: 35
Occupation: Principal of Western Plateau Elementary School.

Where did you receive your education?

Amarillo High School; West Texas A&M University.

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

I have had an opportunity to teach, encourage and support children every day. My students have given me an invaluable opportunity to watch them grow and learn. My master's degree offered a career path in school administration. I love my career and look forward to coming to work each and every day.

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

When I was an 18-year-old college student, I was searching for my personal career path. Discovery was my greatest educational challenge, and I am grateful for my family and mentors who helped me.

What is the value of your education?

Education is a lifetime gift that paves the road to success. I want to encourage children to become lifelong learners, to love reading, respect one another and to have the power to have a successful future.

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

Education opens the door for opportunities. You cannot give yourself a more powerful gift, future and life opportunity. Believe in yourself, and work hard to attain your goals.

When did you make education a priority?

Education has always been a priority. I was fortunate to be brought up in a home that valued education. My education is one of my proudest accomplishments.

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

I knew that education would offer job opportunities and would broaden the world around me.

Did you ever think about quitting?

What made you keep going? Never! Because of the priority of education in my family, it was important to me to persevere. Attending school was the experience of a lifetime and one that has been a benefit to me.

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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