Pamela Elmi

Pamela Elmi
Founder & Director of Robbinsville Extended Day (R.E.D.)
9th year

What teacher had the biggest influence on you as a student & why?: Mrs. Isler (2nd Grade) at Oak Tree Elementary in Edison.  Even at that young age, I could tell this was a teacher who went above and beyond, doing way more for her students than the minimum requirements.  I remember we read the book “Stone Soup” and actually made the soup in class, too. She gave us incentives to read over the summer and had an ice cream party at her house for students & their parents when our reading goals were met! WOW.

Favorite Book: “1984” by George Orwell. It freaked me out even more reading it the 2nd time around (recently)’

Hobbies: Cooking, Yoga, Fashion

Favorite color: Orange

Favorite meal: Sunday Gravy. No, I'm not Italian, but I grew up in Jersey. Enough said.

Favorite musician or musical group: I am still stuck in 1980's alternative/pop (sorry).

Favorite sports teams: Not into sports at all!

Favorite Movie: Anything by Tim Burton.

Favorite TV shows: “Deadliest Catch”

You can invite three for dinner, dead or alive...who and why: Only three? 

Proudest moment on the job: Whenever I witness one of the RED kids having a crying fit at our pickup station because they don't want to go home from my program (sorry parents).

Fondest memory on the job: Recently, one of our RED instructors  was going through a health challenge and we knew she would be out for a while. One afternoon, when her strength was up, she surprised us and walked through the door to work a little bit. Right at that moment, with over 100 people in the room & various activities going on, everyone stopped and cheered for her. It's a RED thing.

What is your favorite hidden talent: I can hem pants.

What inspires you: Educators inspire me, they always have.

How do you make connections with students: They know my love for them is genuine, you can't fake that.

If you could pass on your wisdom regarding your job what would you share: Get a crockpot (I own 4) because you'll never be home for dinner.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by: “I've heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind. But I've brought a big bat. I'm all ready, you see; now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” - Dr. Theodor Geisel. 

What makes a good day at school: Seeing something that was once a small idea in my head, play out in real life for the betterment of our students. (Thank you, Dr. Steve Mayer!)
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