Pamela White teaches business and technology at Chicopee Comprehensive High School. One of this year’s recipients of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards, she got hooked as an educator when first serving in the U. S. Air Force.
What motivated you to become a teacher/educator? I’ve always had an interest in education and became hooked after becoming a Training Manager in the Air Force working to provide quality training to airman.
What support did you receive, or wish you had received, early in your career? A stronger program to help mid-career professionals transition to the teaching profession.
What keeps you enthusiastic about teaching/education, and where do you find inspiration? Our school district is open to developing curriculum to support the ever-changing, technology-based applications and workforce requirements.
What do you find helps you to effectively interact with students? Develop “fair” practices in the classroom; and listen to students.
How do you try to balance the demands of your professional and personal life? Although, we live outside the school district, my family is very supportive by attending CCHS sporting events or academic activities during the school year.
If you could change just one thing in education today, what would it be? Ensuring Consistent Practices. Students thrive on fairness, routines and equitable reward or discipline.
What is some of the best advice you’ve been given? Or what is a favorite quotation? A veteran teacher once told me that “these aren’t your own children, but they need you just the same.”