|Membership level: Hall of Fame
Inductee Year 2013
|Pam Kalafut has been a teacher since 1977, starting her career at a small K-12 school in Wisconsin, followed by positions at several schools including Jefferson School in Woodridge and Downers Grove North before joining Hinsdale Central’s faculty in 1979. At Hinsdale, Pam taught art and photography, and has served most recently as the school’s Activities Director, a position she began in 2002. She holds BA and Master’s degrees in Art Education, as well as a Masters in Administration. She has sponsored ten clubs at Central, and has been a leader in many important school initiatives including Character Counts, the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation, Teachers In Need, as well as serving as a member of the Hinsdale Central Foundation Board. She helped students develop Breaking Down The Walls following the Columbine tragedies and has led three student trips to Africa as part of LEAP into Africa. In 2012 she was honored to be named Student Activities Director for the State of Illinois and was nominated this past Spring for the Illinois Director of Student Activities Lifetime Achievement award. She has also coached several sports including Softball, Track, Cheerleading, Poms, Diving and Badminton. She was the first female to coach a boy’s sport, leading the Freshman Boys Soccer team to a conference title. Pam resides in Downers Grove with Bob, her husband of 30 years, and their three sons, Steve, Kevin and Mark, of whom she is very proud.