The atrium of Gainesville High School was filled with educators, students, and local supporters of the arts Friday night as they gathered to honor Pam Ware as the 2012 Woodruff Salutes Theatre Educator Honoree.
Ware is a teacher and Director of Theatre at Gainesville High School, and also the namesake of the Pam Ware Performing Arts Center at the school.
She represents a lasting legacy of education and performance at Gainesville High School.
“Pam has been such a significant factor in this community in terms of knowledge and appreciation for the arts, but I think, also, the most important thing about her is the role model she has been to literally thousands of students who have come through her program,” said Doug Carter, president and broker of Don Carter Realty, who nominated Ware for the honor.
Carter was once one of many students to be inspired by Ware’s theater program.
“This is just a very small way for us to recognize what she has done for so many of us,” Carter said.
Carter was a speaker at the event. Other speakers included Cathy Auffarth, president of Theatre Friends; Virginia Hepner, president and CEO of Woodruff Arts Center; Dr. Merrianne Dyer, Gainesville’s schools superintendent; and LaCrisia Larkin, Gainesville High School principal.
A statement from Gov. Nathan Deal was read in support of Ware’s accomplishments in education.
Former students were also recognized for their achievements at the event, but all honors were contributed to Ware’s inspiration.
In response to the honors, Ware said her students are the ones who are really being celebrated through this award.
“It’s a tremendous statement, I think, to the success of my students,” Ware said. “We do what we do because we want to see growth and maturity in our students.”
The ways Ware has inspired her students were put on display in a portrait by Travis Massey, which was revealed at the ceremony. This will be displayed at the performing arts center in honor of Ware’s legacy at the school.