Featured Director

Moving students beyond the STEM stereotypes of stale lab coats, pale computer basement zombies, and white boards full of explanations of “least common denominators”, DoD STARBASE sparks the excitement and creativity of hands-on, minds-on STEM.  When Ms. Kirk began working with DoD STARBASE Oklahoma as the Director in 2010, she wanted to be a part of this innovative STEM world.

She has had the good fortune to work with an outstanding team of educators and military personnel as the program serves students throughout Oklahoma. She never grows tired of walking outside the classroom with students, everyone shielding their eyes against the sun, to watch in wonder as the F-16’s soar through the Oklahoma skies.

Ms. Kirk’s father, grandfather, and grandmother all served as educators and it was not surprising to find Pam and her dad having fun (Yes, she thought it was fun!) on a Saturday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas, practicing math problems on the chalk board in dad’s study.  It seemed natural that Ms. Kirk would become a lifelong educator, working with learners from pre-K through adults.

She worked as a secondary science and math teacher; coordinated a national certification program for carpenters, brickmasons and stonemasons; and coordinated national projects within the Career and Technical Education community. Following the May 1999 tornadoes in Oklahoma, she served as Coordinator of the Skills-to-Rebuild Initiative (winner of the National Phoenix Award from the US Small Business Administration) at the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech. Just before coming to DoD STARBASE Oklahoma, she served as Education Director for the Pueblo of Tesuque in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Pam enjoys being in the mountains, hiking, biking and spending time with family and friends.  And, she never misses an opportunity to spoil the grandchildren! 



Posted October 2017

Pamela J. Kirk