Is Devoted To Her
Job At Chautauqua Striders
Pam Gustafson is such a person and to listen to her earnestly describe what life is like working with Chautauqua Striders is an awesome experience.
Pam has been a mentor and associate of the Chautauqua Striders for all the years she has spent since retiring from teaching school.
Sitting with her
and having this experience explained is also informative and inspiring.
Her specific position with Striders is as high school coordinator but that does in no way prevent her from the actual mentoring and tutoring which she most loves.
It is illuminating to learn what exactly life with the Striders
People may not realize that an entire network of tutors, counselors, mentors exists to help all of the young people today who feel that they can be helped with school stress, family difficulties , societal pressures.
Perhaps even a new attitude about school, about their studies and all the concurrent difficulties that accompany being a student today, in our highly pressurized and competitive world, can also be fostered.
Pam Gustafson was born in Jamestown and grew up in Bemus Point; she is well-acquainted with the area and has a clear perspective on what's happening in our schools.
herself has exemplary educational credentials.
She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in education-curriculum development.
Since leaving full-time teaching, she
has been involved with Striders
and sees it as a fulfilling and necessary part of her
life also includes her
husband, Steve, who is director of the Scharmann Theater at JCC
two children, Riley and Greta complement the rest of her
Riley is a freshman at JCC
and Greta is a freshman at Frewsburg Central School
, where, by chance, Pam's brother Dan is director of maintenance at the school and he
himself and his
wife have two children.
Pam's other brother Bari is a finance manager and he
wife have one child.
Pam's only sister Deborah works with Gustavus Adolphus Children's Home
as a social worker.
All of her
family, including her
parents, live in the area and she
considers that having her
family nearby keeps her