President of Hampton Council PTA awarded National PTA Life Achievement Award
Pamela Croom, who has been the president of Hampton Council PTA for the past five years, has been awarded the National PTA Life Achievement Award for her efforts to improve the lives of America’s youth.
Check out the results of a question and answer interview recently held with Ms. Croom:
Family: DeRocke( husband); Children - Dakida (31); Travaris (27); Jordan (26); Keevin (25); Juwan (13); and Jakayla (12)
Occupation: Workforce Development Coordinator, Economic Development Department, City of Hampton
PTA Memberships: I am a member of the PTA at all Hampton City Schools.
Why did you decide to first join the PTA? My mom was a PTA member, although it was different back then. She was always involved in the schools and I think it is important for parents to be involved in their child’s education. That is where the parent voice is.
What is the importance of the PTA? Advocacy. It is our most important job for our schools and for our children. As we know, legislators will listen to their constituents. With PTA, having that number of voices matters.
Why should parents become involved in the PTA? To advocate for their students; for them to understand the education their students are receiving and what the needs of their schools are. We all have some type of skill. We all have experiences. Our schools need to understand that to better understand our children. They can understand that better when we come into the school.
You have been president of the PTA Council for the past 5 years. What is the PTA Council’s most significant accomplishment? Having PTAs at every school. Believe it or not, that wasn’t always the case. We ensured a parent voice at every school. We never stopped trying. That is our greatest accomplishment.
You have received the National PTA Life Achievement Award. What was your reaction when you first learned you would be receiving this award? Shocked. I was shocked. I never expected to receive it. It takes a person actually going through the process to have you recognized. It was humbling. It made me cry, I ran around the office because it was delivered there by mistake.
You will end your tenure at Hampton Council PTA president at the end of this school year. What will you do next? I am still a part of the Virginia PTA, so I am their communications chair and diversity and inclusion chair. I also chair their administrative and policy committee, so I will continue to advocate for our schools at that level.
What advice would you give to your successors on PTA Council? My advice was to continue to evolve with PTA…that they work with the school administration to understand what the role and needs are for PTA when it comes to that working relationship and that they are sure to be present and available to our school communities.
Any final words? – I will truly miss it. I have made a lot of great friends in HCS, with building administrators, teachers. I would like to see the growth in our community involvement in our schools. I believe that is what our school system wants and what our students deserve. It is the only way to solve community issues.
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