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Mentor and Associate
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301 East Second Street Lynn Building Suite 102
Jamestown, New York,14701
For over 30 years, Chautauqua Striders has been "dedicated to the mentoring and guidance of youth through education, advocacy, and athletics." Begun in 1979 as the brainchild of Ron Graham and Dan Feather, the Chadakoin Valley Athletic Club (as it was first ... more.
Pam Gustafson of the Chautauqua Striders honored Alexander Harvey.
Gustafson said at the age of 9, Alexander was always looking at the world at large and would be someone to help change the world.
Gustafson 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 is like. 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. Pam 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. Her life also includes her husband, Steve, who is director of the Scharmann Theater at JCC. Her two children, Riley and Greta complement the rest of her existence. 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 and his 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 grounded. She is lucky.
Pam Gustafson, academic coordinator, said, "He made an immediate connection with the kids by putting on a Santa hat and a smile."
To register, call Pam Gustafson at 488-2203 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call Pam Gustafson, High School Coordinator, at 488-2203, Ext. 223 for registration information.