Adele Graham Award Winner 2010

Pam Carson

Pam Carson has been in the community involvement arena since 1993 and became Orange County Public Schools Senior Manager for Community Resources in 1999. During her tenure, she developed a response to safety issues regarding placement of adults with students in a volunteer role. She leads the nation with her district's screening program and has become a sought after trainer.Carson is a former board member of the National Association of Partners in Education and long time board member of the Florida Association of Partners in Education. She served as President Elect from 2000-2002, President from 2002-2004. and Past President from 2004-2005. Her legacy as president includes the FAPE website, the first electronic FAPE newsletter and the Governor's Teen Trendsetter Mentoring program.Carson has been a leader on the FAPE Annual Conference Committee recruiting sponsors, identifying rich agendas of topics and workshop leaders, bringing nationally renowned speakers, hosting the conference, and chairing committees to include the Exhibitors Committee. She was selected by the Florida Department of Education to receive a grant to pioneer the Florida Everybody Wins Program."Not only is it an honor to receive the award on behalf of my colleagues throughout the state and within my district, but the award means so much more," Carson says. "Adele Graham is a lady of excellence! She is a lady of commitment and humility. I pray each day for my continued commitment to do what I see is my calling and not just my duty."In the true fashion of service, Carson turned her award into an opportunity to praise others: "Most importantly, I could not do what I do without supportive administrators, my devoted Community Resources Team, 500+ school coordinators and the wonderful 51,000 school volunteers and 2,400 business partners in Central Florida. I stand on shoulders of giants, such as Eleanor Fisher, Judy Gordon and Pam Lastowski who were my predecessors and/or mentors.""But the icing on the cake was to receive this award in my hometown of Orlando, at a partner location. The General Manager, of the Hilton Hotel and Resort at Walt Disney, James Grosso, sits on the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association’s Adopt-A-School committee with me. Jim is a great example for advocating for children. He chairs the CFHLA CARES drive for the more than 3,000 homeless students in Orange and Osceola counties."

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