Pamela Chaires was raised in Northeast Los Angeles, where at 17 years old she began her higher education journey at Glendale Community College. Upon earning her associates degree, she transferred to Whitter College, a small private liberal arts school, where she earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology. After the completion of her undergraduate work, Pamela continued pursuing her education and later received her Masters of Art in Teaching from USC.
Ranging from the private to public sectors, Pamela has over a decade of experience in the education field. Currently, she teaches US and World History, AP Psychology and SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) Academy World History, at Granite Hills High School in Apple Valley. “I have been given the humbling opportunity to serve students the best education and instruction possible,” Pamela said about her teaching experience at Granite Hills High School where she also serves as a SkillsUSA teacher advisor.
Pamela recalls that one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences she had while working at GHHS was when she took an active role in the collaboration of the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition Academy and SkillsUSA on a service-based project. Pamela and her eager students ambitiously set out make their school a champion for water conservation by re-landscaping the campus to include desert adaptive pants, trees and other materials. Her teams of students worked determinedly on researching all aspects of the project including design, fundraising and raising awareness among potential stake- holders. Through their dedication, Pamela and her SkillsUSA students have earned over $60,000 towards the task of re-landscaping the school’s senior quad which was completed in June 2016 and are now ready for the upcoming academic year and saving 1.7 million gallons of water per year just in that small area. “This project would not have been possible without the positivity and professionalism of our partners who worked along the students to make their passionate dreams a reality,” said Pamela. “I hope to continue teaching creatively and effectively within my classroom while also modeling environmental stewardship and the need for everyone to be humbly active in community service in order to develop a better world and sustain our vital limited environmental resources.”