2015 Emma Walton Distinguished Service Award Goes to
Pamela Randles of Haines
Pamela Randles of Haines, Alaska, is a veteran science teacher of 34 years. She has taught public school students in Anvik, Talkeetna and in Haines, and mentored teachers in remote villages of Alaska as well as in Asia and the Middle East. Pam’s strongest interests are in understanding the natural world and solving problems through applying that knowledge, in particular, seeking solutions which promote sustainability.
Her energy, broad content background, and insistence on hands-on experiences are well known in her community and among colleagues across the state and in the Peace Corps. Pam was among the co-founders of the Alaska Science Consortium, an instructor in “Teachers for Alaska,” a trainer for the GLOBE program which links students and their local data with others around the world, and until recently was the director of education for the Takshanuk Watershed Council. Pam’s philosophy is that science teaching should “recreate the situation that the discovery was born from and trust in the laws of nature. Our job,” she adds, “is to provide excitement and fun, then just try to keep it from being pandemonium.”
Pam carried this philosophy to a mentoring job in Qatar where teachers were being compelled to shift away from textbooks as well as develop rigorous science lessons in English. Though this meant living in a very different culture, once again Pam experienced the universal joy of helping others achieve.
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