"My goal is to ensure that every teen is a visible and remembered light which deserves adult time and attention," writes Mrs. Kilgariff in her educational philosophy. "Each morning in the school lobby, I say good morning to individual students, comment on new or different appearances, acknowledge a student's achievements or recognize personal sadness, tiredness, or happiness. I want every teen to know that the individual is visible to me and is missed when absent."
Emporia State University - Graduated with honors
Nominated Pratt Jaycee's Young Educator
Pamela Kilgariff's role at Liberty Middle School extends well beyond her position as "school counselor," writes her principal Sue Givens, who describes Ms. Kilgariff as a "workhorse" who tirelessly works to place students with teachers who will best match their needs. "When Mrs. Kilgariff left the classroom, she didn't leave her love of teaching behind," writes Ms. Givens. "Every child, teacher and parent with whom she has contact becomes acutely aware within a short time of Mrs. Kilgariff's hope, optimism, and determination for every child, regardless of circumstance."
Arlan Wamhoff, an Instructor of the Gifted and Talented writes: "As a teacher, Pam was always willing to go the extra mile to help individual students and implement innovative methods to meet the needs of all students, regardless of ability. She tutored a home bound student, participated in an after school tutoring program for at risk students, and was constantly meeting with individual students to advise them about their personal problems."