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Board Member Pamela Knowles Announces Retirement


Carmel Clay Schools Thanks Pamela Knowles for Service

Carmel, Ind.

Following 44 years working with Carmel Clay Schools, board member Mrs. Pamela Knowles is retiring effective September 13, 2021. Mrs. Knowles has been a valued member of the CCS family and a true asset to the district.  

“Pam has always been a passionate advocate for Carmel children, families, staff, and public education,” said Layla Spanenberg, School Board President. “Her dedicated service has been a tremendous asset to our community. Her unique perspective and experience have been instrumental in helping the school board develop policy and set strategic goals. The school board will miss Pam's enthusiastic involvement. We truly appreciate her public service and wish her the very best.”  

Mrs. Knowles started her career with Carmel Clay Schools in 1977 in what was then called the Reading Clinic. She worked at Woodbrook Elementary with special needs students and as a 3rd-grade teacher. Mrs. Knowles then helped reopen Orchard Park Elementary and worked there until she retired from teaching in December 2009. 

Confirming her commitment and dedication to the students and families of Carmel Clay Schools, Mrs. Knowles ran for School Board the following year and has served on the board since July 2010. 

“After 44 years, I have decided it is time for me to move on. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the board and working with many gifted colleagues. I have learned a lot and am thankful to have been elected to help lead this great school system.”

“We are very grateful for Pam’s 44 years of service to the children and families of Carmel Clay Schools,” said CCS Superintendent Dr. Beresford. “Her dedication and enthusiasm as an elementary school teacher made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of students. Her service to the board has been outstanding, and she leaves behind a great legacy of service to our community and ensuring our schools remain wonderful places for students to learn and grow. We will miss her questions that kept us on our toes, her insights as a classroom teacher, and her infectious smile and laughter. We will miss Pam and wish her the best as she moves on to new adventures.” 


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