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2022 Commitment to Excellence Award Recipient

Pam Williams has been a special education teacher for almost 34 years. She began her career after graduating from Michigan State University in December of 1988 after earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in education. She immediately went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities. Her first job was at Dansville High School where she was the only special education teacher working with students of varying needs. In 2001, she joined the staff at Okemos High School where she was a resource teacher for 21 years. Pam also was the advisor to a World Game Club for a couple years as well as advisor of the Black Student Union which she started.

She retired from teaching at the end of June 2022, but continues to work with students as the part-time Youth Director at Faith Lutheran Church here in Okemos. Pam also has been placing and supervising high school foreign exchange students for about thirteen years. This has enabled her to meet many amazing students from around the world, while also meeting new families in and around Okemos.

She has been married to her husband, Bill, for 35 years! They have three children, T.J., Tara, and Drew. They have also been blessed with three beautiful grandchildren, Peyton, Riley and Luca.

Outside of work, she loves to volunteer, read, go to the movies and spend time with family and friends. She has enjoyed traveling around the world which she has been able to do as a result of working with the exchange students.

Pam feels very fortunate to have been able to work in a career that she loved for so many years. She loves working with the kids and making a difference in the lives of our youth. The memories she has from all of her students, and from working with some amazing educators here in Okemos is something she will always carry in her heart.