Pam’s love for teaching and learning has taken her around the world. Her interest in history began with a high school trip to Germany, which was then followed the next year by being chosen as an AFS Exchange Student to the Philippines. While majoring in Political Science and History at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, she interned in Nassau, Bahamas in local government.
The hospitality industry was her first calling. She worked for four seasons for The Grand Hotel Corporation on Mackinac Island and followed that with managing the Food and Beverage Department for Hyatt Hotels in Cambridge Massachusetts. While living in Boston, Pam finished her Masters Degree in Education.
After moving back to Minnesota, Pam was hired by the Eden Prairie School District and taught a variety of subjects in the Social Studies Department but focused on American and World History. During her 33 year career at EPHS, she served as Department Chair for 6 years, the Teaching and Learning Committee for 8 years, was a member of several professional development teams and was also a member for the EPEA negotiations team for 10 years.
Her travels never stopped while teaching. Through the University of River Falls Wisconsin, she taught during the spring and summer semester at Cantell School in Southampton, England. Her teaching philosophy has always included bringing the world to her students and also her students to the world. In 1989 she organized the first student trip abroad through ACIS and was fortunate to travel to over 30 countries during her career. She has continued her love of learning with classes at Hamline, Augsburg and the University of Minnesota. She also teaches night classes through several area Community Ed programs. Traveling now with adults, she has recently completed trips to England, Ireland, Cuba and Washington, D.C.
Retirement is just another path to new experiences. She was thrilled to be able to share in the creation of PACE Instruction with Chris Pears. Supporting parents and working with student is her mission; helping students succeed is her passion!
While teaching at Eden Prairie High School: