Pam Stewart, Commissioner of Education in the state of Florida, spoke to students on Friday, March 30 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Commissioner Stewart spoke at the daily chapel assembly in addition to students in the Elementary Education department at a special luncheon at which President Payne was in attendance.

During her visit, Mrs. Stewart spoke about the importance of leadership, especially the value of having Christian leaders, saying leaders are made, not born. She also emphasized the value of teachers and the impact they have on their students every day.

Commissioner Stewart has served nearly 40 years in education, beginning her career as a school teacher at Florida College Academy. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts from Florida College, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of South Florida and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. She earned her certification in educational leadership at Stetson University.

She resides in Tallahassee with her husband, Jack, with whom she shares two grown children who followed her lead and became educators. They are also proud grandparents to three grandchildren who are currently benefiting from Florida’s public education system.  Her sister Sharon Clark is the event coordinator at Florida College.

Florida College invites guest speakers like Commissioner Pam Stewart to visit campus for the Distinguished Speaker Series in order to provide students with opportunities to learn from others who are positive role models and successful in their chosen fields.