Pamela Story Receives The N.C. Homeless Liaison Of The Year Award

  • Pamela Story Named N.C. Homeless Liaison of the Year

    Fayetteville, N.C. -- Another Cumberland County Schools (CCS) educator has been
    recognized at the state level for her contributions to help students succeed in the
    classroom and beyond. During a surprise virtual announcement at a North Carolina
    Homeless Education leadership team meeting, Pamela Story was named the North
    Carolina Homeless Liaison of the Year. Story currently serves as the Social Work
    Coordinator/Homeless Liaison for CCS, a role that she has held for the past 11 years.
    Several of Story’s colleagues, and even her daughter, participated in the surprise
    announcement via Zoom, along with members of the North Carolina Homeless Education
    leadership team. The announcement definitely caught Story by surprise. She often works
    in the background, quietly coordinating significant services and resources to help students
    and families who are in need. But today, the spotlight was on her and the many
    contributions that she brings to the students and families in Cumberland County and
    across the state.


    Story’s role in the district requires her to wear many hats. She prioritizes immediate
    enrollment for students in transition and provides a strong voice for all students, especially
    unaccompanied homeless youth. She also provides consultation and technical support for
    school social work, attendance, child maltreatment, foster care, dropout prevention and the
    McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act. Prior to serving in her current role, she was a
    school social worker at Westover Middle School for many years. Her social work
    experience also includes child welfare and mental health.


    “Through the years, my heart has been captured by children in transition who, through no
    fault of their own, still manage to survive and even thrive,” said Story. She acknowledges
    that it can be challenging to work collaboratively with federal programs, transportation,
    child nutrition services, Prime Time, Academically/Intellectually Gifted Program (AIG),
    administrators, and central office staff on an ongoing basis, but she considers this to be a
    labor of love.


    And her work does not stop there. When many people leave the office to go home for the
    day, you can often find Story out in the community serving on numerous local or state
    boards, pulling together resources to support the needs of students or responding to an
    emergency need of a family. She believes outreach with community stakeholders is a
    must to help her program be successful.


    Story also serves as a mentor to new homeless liaisons, a support person for the district
    and the state office, and a dedicated member of the North Carolina Homeless Education
    leadership team. She has a proven track record in Cumberland County and across the
    state of being a strong and vocal advocate for children.


    “While she has many talents and gifts, Ms. Story is a phenomenal ambassador of the
    school district and the social work profession,” said Dr. Natasha Scott, the executive
    director of CCS Student Services, who nominated Story for the award. “Building rapport
    with others is a major strength for Ms. Story. She cultivates relationships and partnerships
    to assist with addressing the basic and academic needs of students experiencing
    homelessness. She sees the importance of addressing the big and small needs of
    students when it comes to education and embraces her ability to eliminate barriers and
    create opportunities for students. Ms. Pamela Story is very deserving of this recognition.”


    Because of her recognition at the state level, Story will now go on to compete for the
    National Homeless Liaison of the Year honor.



    Pamela Story, North Carolina Homeless Liaison of the Year