In honor of National Teacher’s Day on May 5th, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel ran a Teacher’s Day Giveaway in order to recognize all of the special teachers out there and all the hard work they put in. After much deliberation and nominations to read through, our winner has been chosen.
Congratulations to Pam Moore, our Teacher’s Day Giveaway winner!
Pam Moore has served as a special needs teacher and earned the love of students, parents and teachers for more than 30 years by being an exceptionally patient and skilled teacher. Her friend and coworker Linda Porter nominated her in a very kind submission, with parts shown below.
“I’ve seen Pam come early to her classroom and leave late every day for 30 years. She tirelessly advocates for deaf and hearing-impaired children. She literally changes lives every day. I’ve never known a more positive person, a more fair and kind person, or a better teacher than Pam Moore. She is the kind of teacher every parent would want for their child. Her compassion for her students knows no bounds. She finds ways to challenge them and convince them they can do anything they set their mind to do.”
When asked if Pam was surprised that Linda had nominated her for this type of contest, she said “In all honesty, no!” Pam went on to say, “Linda is a kind and generous person who is always thinking of others. She and I worked together for about 15 years in the same classroom and with many of the same students. I know her well, as a professional, as a co-worker, and as a treasured friend. She is one of a kind.”
As many know, teaching is not a profession that one selects on a whim. Many feel that they were born to be teachers and wouldn’t have it any other way. Pam is one of those people.
“I think teaching is a calling. I knew before I began my college training that I wanted to work with children with special needs,” said Pam. “After working in a variety of settings with a variety of special needs populations (and after much consideration) I chose to major in Deaf Education. After spending a semester working in a kindergarten classroom of deaf and hard of hearing children, I learned American Sign Language. I had the opportunity to meet many deaf people of all ages and became relatively fluent at that time.”
With that string of opportunities, Pam knew she was on the right path. “From that experience, I understood how this special talent was needed, and scarce. Somehow I felt that because I could, I should. I love the culture and the language that deaf people share, and I understand many of the difficulties they face every day. I wanted to make a difference.”
Through her hard work and dedication to her students, Pam Moore has made a significant difference, as Linda’s submission had said. When talking about her field of work, we had to ask “What do you love most about your job”. Pam’s answer only solidifies that in her dream to make a difference, she truly did.
“Over the years I have met and had the privilege to teach some amazing individuals, some with whom I’ve maintained close relationships. I know their children, their families, and I’ve even taught a few second-generation students! They are all different, all unique, and all wonderful. Today is Mother’s Day. I received two text messages from former students today wishing me a Happy Mother’s Day. One is the parent of a college graduate now. I taught her when she was in middle school. I remember that college graduate when he was a brand new baby! The other student just graduated high school. I thanked him for thinking of me, and he responded with, “Of course! I’m always thinking of you. You helped me, a lot.” Herein lies my true reward. This is what I love, and these are the reasons why I do it.”
We are so happy to be able to recognize such a kind and generous teacher for this very special day, National Teacher’s Day! Pam, nor her husband, has ever had the opportunity to visit Jekyll Island. During their much needed getaway, they are most excited for laying on the beach and enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of Jekyll Island.
There truly is no better place to unwind and relax, right?
CONGRATULATIONS again Pam!
If you know a hard-working teacher that deserves an island getaway at Jekyll Island Club, nominate them for the 2016 Teacher’s Day Giveaway contest!