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School Board Honors Peaks and Cliff island schools’ ‘Miss Pam’

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School Board Honors Peaks and Cliff island schools’ ‘Miss Pam’
Posted on 05/03/2017
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Pamela Richards, administrative assistant for the Peaks Island and Cliff Island elementary schools, was recently recognized by the Portland Board of Public Education and Superintendent Xavier Botana.

“Miss Pam,” as students, parents and staff like to call her, was honored at the board's May 2 meeting, held on Peaks Island, for going above and beyond to ensure the smooth functioning of Portland’s island schools.

Botana noted that being an administrative professional is always a challenging job, and the job is especially demanding on an island. Richards, a 29-year Peaks Island resident, is the “perfect person” to run the office at the island schools, according to the schools’ teacher-leader, Renee Bourgoine-Serio.

Here’s how Renee Serio described Pam: “In addition to ‘minding the store’ at the island schools, Pam is the primary person all visitors turn to interpret the ferry schedule, negotiate water taxi rides between islands, and secure ferry tickets and garage passes. Because she is working within a transportation budget that involves boats as well as buses, Pam takes the initiative to monitor when ticket prices go down so that she can negotiate the best and lowest costs and to save our district added costs at prime ticket prices. 

Pam enjoys making sure that all individuals coming to the school know where to park, where to get a boat ride, when to board the ferry, how to get a ride to the school, as well as find the school. It is very important to her that all visitors to the islands never feel lost or unable to navigate the islands.

Pam has been with the Portland Public Schools for 21 years and also has worked at Reiche, PATHS, and Longfellow schools. She brings a high level of integrity, professionalism, and an excellent attention to detail regarding Portland Public Schools’ procedures and policies. Pam has proven to be an invaluable source of institutional knowledge and island-related matters to Renee Serio in her first role in administration.

When Pam was asked about her favorite part of her job, she said, ‘I like making another person's job easier and I love details.’ She also has an unapologetic affinity for office products.

Pam is indispensable in her role at Peaks and Cliff and she does her work with generosity, humor and a commitment to students.”

Botana concluded, “We are very grateful to Pam for her hard work and her dedication to our island schools’ students, staff and parents. Congratulations, Pam, on this well-deserved honor!”