Pamela S. Cilek of Weldon Spring was elected to the St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees in April 2014. She served as vice president of the Board from July 2015-April 2016. She is a retired educator who taught for 34 years, 26 of which were spent at SCC. She currently serves as secretary.
Cilek taught in the college's theater and communications departments and coordinated the college's Center Stage Theatre program during most of her career. A 39-year resident of St. Charles County, Cilek's history with the college goes back to the school's beginning. She started teaching the first year the college offered classes, and worked in the college's temporary locations throughout St. Charles County. She witnessed the move to the current campus and the construction of each new building.
Originally from Macomb, Ill., Cilek obtained her B.S. in speech and theater education with a minor in English from Western Illinois University in Macomb. She earned her M.F.A. in theater at Lindenwood University. She taught high school for four years and served on the faculty at the University of Missouri St. Louis, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley and Lindenwood University before coming to SCC.
Education runs in her family; her grandmother, mother-in-law, uncle and sister were all educators, and her late husband, Clark Cilek, Ph.D., was principal of St. Charles West High School for 26 years. Their daughter Mandi is married with three children, the oldest of whom is in college.
"My philosophy of education, teaching and life is pretty much the same: Success is usually about the ensemble or the group and not about just one person," Cilek said.