Northwest NEWS

July 8, 2002


School District communications director receives state award

Dr. Pamela Katims Steele, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the state's highest award for professional leadership in school community relations.
   The award recognizes one individual in the state each year for outstanding collaborative efforts between schools, families, business and community.
   "We're delighted and honored that Pamela has been selected for this award," says Dr. Karen Forys, Superintendent of Northshore School District. "Northshore enjoys tremendous community support that is due in large measure to Pamela's expertise at telling our story to our community and engaging our community in supporting our students, our staff and our schools. Northshore is very lucky to have a professional of her caliber who is so skillful in communicating
   Steele formerly worked in broadcasting as Vice-President of Public Affairs for KIRO Inc. from 1989-1995, earning 55 media awards including seven Emmys.
   The Northshore School District has employed Steele since 1995 as Communications Director. Her responsibilities have grown to include crisis communications and issues management, more direct work with the school board, development and maintenance of inter and intranet, management of school financing through levy and bond issues, and oversight of a community school that offers evening classes and trains school volunteers. A graduate of Mills College in Oakland, Calif., with degrees in sociology and anthropology, she earned a M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling at the University of Washington and a doctorate in educational psychology.
   Previous awards include "Woman of the Year," a Big Sister role model award from Big Sisters of Seattle-King County; an honorable mention Ned Skinner award; and selection as a nominee for a Jefferson award.
   The Washington State School Public Relations Association, in association with the National State School Public Relations Association, is an organization for school public relations professionals.
   The Washington chapter boasts members from public school districts, educational service districts and private members across the state.