Coordinator, WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies Project
Education Coordinator, Harrison County Parent/Educator Resource Center
Pamela Hotsinpiller graduated from Flemington High School and went on to receive her B.A. degree from Fairmont State College, with a double major in Social Studies and English, followed by a Masters Degree in Special Education from WVU, concentrating on working with students with developmental delays. Pamela has taught academic skills, study skills, English and Social Studies classes for students with special needs as well as co-taught and collaborated in a variety of regular education classes at Bridgeport High School. Previous teaching experience also includes working with students with severe, profound and multiple exceptionalities, and she served as the chairperson of the Special Education Department at BHS. Pamela completed graduate level work in Parent/Teacher Consultations and Mediation and remains a subsitute teacher with Harrison County Schools.
Pamela is currently the project coordinator for the Harrison County Healthy Grandfamilies Project, where it's her responsibility to recruit participants, set up discussion events and work closely with the project Social Worker to meet the needs of Grandfamilies in Harrison County. She is also proud to be the Education Coordinator at the Harrison County Parent/Educator Resource Center (PERC), where they strive to promote positive partnerships between parents and school personnel.
Both of Pamela's sons graduated from Bridgeport High School, Fairmont State University and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia. Dustin is currently a Deputy United States Marshal serving the Northern District of West Virginia. Derek was also a Deputy with the Marshals Service and was fatally wounded serving an arrest warrant in 2011.
Pamela is blessed to live right beside her son Dustin and his wife Ashley and loves spending time with grandsons Landon (10), Liam (8) and Logan (5). She loves making lifetime memories through their many family trips to beaches, Disney World, Disneyland and, most recently, Hawaii, as well as visits to local creeks to find treasures of crawdads and salamanders.
Pamela has been a member of Simpson Creek Baptist Church in Bridgeport, WV for over 38 years. She has served as a third grade Sunday School teacher, helped with Bible School, served as a Deacon and has a passion for facilitating Women’s Bible Studies. She's also the Personal Development Coordinator for the Lucie Byrd Eastham Circle and the Women’s Executive Board. Additionally, she has served on the Steering Committee for the Special Education Teachers Leadership Academy and is part of the State Team for training new Parent/Educator Teams for the West Virginia State Department of Education.
Regarding her work with Healthy Grandfamilies, Pamela says, "The Grandparents that we have worked with are so appreciative to find out what is available to them and their grandchildren. I love letting Grandfamilies know how much we appreciate what they are doing for their grandchildren. Their grandchildren are with family in caring, loving environments. It is a great service that they are providing not only to their grandchildren, but to our society as a whole. We want to do whatever we can to help be successful."