Pam Thompson (2016-2020) and her husband Ken moved to Santa Paula from Santa Barbara in 1975. They have one daughter, Kacey Addison, who is the owner/stylist of Vanity on Main hair salon in Santa Paula, son-in-law Josh, and two grandsons, Zackary and Brody. Pam and Ken have been married for forty-eight years and love living in Santa Paula.
Pam began her work with children in 1971 in Santa Barbara as a Sunday School teacher and then continued that when she moved to Santa Paula. Her love of children extended to working as a volunteer in the classroom with Mrs. Morin in her daughter's kindergarten year and then as the chairman of the Friends of Bedell parent group throughout Kacey's grade school years. During that time, she was also in charge of Vacation Bible Schools at First Southern Baptist Church in Santa Paula and served as a Sunday School teacher. When John Jenkins Christian Academy began, Pam began teaching and was there for sixteen years, left to be a substitute at Santa Paula High School, and was hired as a teacher in the English Department the following year for a total of nineteen years at the high school.
In addition to teaching at JJCA, Pam also served as cheerleading advisor, choir director (this included putting on several musicals each year), ran the student store, and even helped coach the boys' flag football team with Cheryl Phillips, who also worked there at the time. Once she got to the high school, Pam was asked by former principal Tony Gaitan to start the National Honor Society and was advisor for seventeen years. She was also the leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Fashion Club, and for a time, the Anime Club. Before her grandsons came along, she helped teach singing parts to the students for the annual musicals, beginning with The Wizard of Oz.
Pam remains active in her church by serving as the music director of the Vacation Bible School and sings on the worship team. She is so happy to have been elected to the school board so she can use her thirty-five years of teaching experience to provide insight which will hopefully help all students in Santa Paula.Pam ThompsonSanta Paula Unified School District