Dr. Pamela Houfek graduated from Riverview High School and received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. She received her Master’s degree in Behavioral Disabilities and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Curriculum and Teacher Leadership from the University of South Florida. Prior to retirement, Pam worked in various capacities in the Sarasota Public Schools as a teacher, ESE liaison, assistant principal, Supervisor and Director of Professional Development, Teacher Evaluation, and School Improvement. She was on special assignment to the West Central Educational Leadership Network for five years in Tampa, FL as a master trainer for Leadership Development for Teachers. Dr. Houfek was the owner/director of HEART Tutoring Center for twenty-five years. She has worked with the Florida Department of Education as a Team Leader reviewing Professional Development Plans throughout the state of Florida.
For the past fifty years, Dr. Houfek has actively supported women in business, children and their education, and families in the Sarasota community. During the 1970s, she was a member and President of the Altrusa Club whose members were instrumental in establishing the Women’s Resource Center and wheelchair access for adults and children. She volunteered in the Junior League of Sarasota. Among many community projects, one that she is proud of is the time she spent teaching the Pioneer Program in the old Osprey Elementary School to fourth grade students. In the 1980s, as a young mother of two sons, Pam volunteered in the PALS program as a Coordinator for Gulf Gate Elementary School and later as the President of the district advisory council. In the 1980s, Pam was an Elder at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, Florida. In 2000-2017, Pam supported the mission of the Junior League of Sarasota with specific projects focused on children and families. In 2014, Pam was initiated as a member of TeamUp Volunteer & Business Partnerships Council (formerly known as PALS). In 2016, Pam was elected Vice President of TeamUp Volunteer & Business Partnerships Council. As a retired educator, she supports the training and efforts of over 9,000 volunteers in Sarasota Public Schools. In 2016, Pam was elected Trustee at Beneva Christian Church.