The following testimonial was shared by Upper Arlington Schools in selecting Pamela Meadows as a 2016 Celebrate Teaching Distinguished Educator. 

Pam is a leader in the classroom and out. Since 1998, she has been an active member in the Ohio Association for Teachers of Family & Consumer Sciences. For Upper Arlington Schools, she is on the district’s Master Teacher Committee, co-chair for the Safety Committee, has been a UAEA Building Representative, as well as a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi from The Ohio State University. Her commitment to community service includes being an advisor for Rotary Interact Club, raising money for children living in an orphanage in Honduras (Montana de Luz), as well as preparing food and volunteering at Heart to Heart Food Pantry and “Pack for the Streets.” Pam also serves as a Franklin County 4-H Project Leader, and has proudly helped to provide recycled school supplies, food to Celestial Mission, made blankets for Adriel Foster Care, and planted flowers at Whetstone Care Center. 

Pam’s motivation has helped strengthen her students’ learning in the classroom. Students see her as a teacher that cares about others, and they want to reach those same goals. Pam has excellent communication skills and vision, all of which guides her decisions; she is an excellent role model. In addition, she works well with and motivates her peers, is sought out for advice, and is truly a team builder. Pam teaches qualities of a good leader and skills needed to be in a leadership position. Her students have benefited from having opportunities to serve others and develop their leadership in her classroom.