Resident Spotlight: Pamela Arrington

Resident Spotlight: Pamela Arrington

Resident Spotlight: Pamela Arrington

by Steve Gamel

It’s a typical Wednesday afternoon, and Pamela Arrington is coordinating a few last-minute details as teachers and staff begin filing in for convocation. It won’t be long before the bell rings for another amazing first day of school at Argyle ISD, and like usual, Pamela is juggling a number of balls in the air at once.

Her job hasn’t always been this busy – and that’s something she’s extremely proud of.

“It’s ingrained in me,” Pamela said with a laugh. “It’s my personality to be running around involved in a lot of things.”

To say Pamela’s job description has changed considerably over the last 13 years in Argyle would be an understatement. A former teacher, Pamela was tapped by Superintendent, Dr. Telena Wright, four years ago to leave the classroom and help get a new district communications department off the ground.

The community had grown so much, as had the district, which desperately needed a streamlined way to communicate internally and externally with parents, residents, stakeholders, and the media.

It was Pamela’s mission, with help from Dr. Wright, to not only juggle all those tasks but make it look easy.

“Dr. Wright and I hit the ground running, and we both worked really hard on building this department,” Pamela said. “We saw that need, and it means a lot that what I do is helping our teachers, the district, parents, and our students. I love working with Dr. Wright. I admire her so much, and I’ve learned so much working under her.”

Just a few of the things she does daily include publicizing student and staff achievements, partnering with local officials and community groups, writing news releases, and coordinating district publications. She also regularly conducts formal and informal research to determine public opinion and attitude as a basis for planning and action.

Pamela pointed to two key moments that make her incredibly proud to have helped this district grow: the most recent bond campaign, and the district’s magazine, Argyle Insights.

“That was a $166 million bond campaign, and for me having previously been on the opposite end as a teacher, I knew what that bond meant, including a new elementary school and more space for the kids,” Pamela said. “Playing a role in helping communicate and get the information out about the bond made me extremely proud – because it directly impacted our students. The second thing is our magazine. It’s nice to highlight our kids and teachers, and let everyone know about the great things they are all doing here in Argyle.”

We would be remiss if we also didn’t mention her and Dr. Wright’s work with the Eagle Partner Program, an innovative marketing program that brings funding into the district that directly benefits students and teachers.

For Pamela, it’s all in a day’s work. When she’s not promoting all things Argyle, she enjoys spending time with her family, which has just as much Eagle Pride as she does. Pamela and her husband, Jeff, have three kids. Jefferson is a junior at Argyle while Franklin is a sixth-grader at Argyle Middle School. Their youngest, Isabelle, is a first-grader at Hilltop.

Looking back, she wouldn’t change a thing about the journey.

“Time does fly by fast. This is my 13th year in Argyle; [Our oldest] started school here in kindergarten,” Pamela said. “Being in this position and having also been on the other side as a teacher has meant so much to me.”

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