Pamela S. Cilek of Weldon Spring was elected to the St. Charles Community College Board of Trustees in April 2014. She became vice president of the Board in July 2015. She is a retired educator who taught for 34 years, 26 of which were spent at SCC.
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 37-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. Cilek also worked on bond proposals, tax levy propositions and preparations for accreditation visits by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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 will begin college this fall.
“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. “After 26 years, I have a familiarity with the college and a desire to see it continue to do well in serving students and the community, so I’m very excited and looking forward to this new chapter. I have many good friends here and many memories. I always thought SCC was a great place to work. Now I get to continue to enjoy that work in a different capacity.”