Positive Behavior Supports Director
Pam Shackelford, our Center for Positive Behavior Support Director, is a longtime Alaskan educator and has been working with the Alaska developmental disabilities community since 1989. While Pam was formerly a high school history teacher and an adjunct professor of history at UAA, her life changed direction when her son was diagnosed with autism in 1994. In the last twenty years, Pam has worked at the Center for Human Development as a parent advocate and disability studies trainer, Stone Soup Group as the Director of the Institute for Positive Behavioral Support and now here at FOCUS as the Director of the Center for Positive Behavior Support. Pam has a master’s degree in Early Childhood/Early Intervention Special Education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA.) Pam’s passion is working with individuals with challenging behaviors and their families in order to ensure the best outcomes and greatest success at home, in the schools and in the community. When not at work here at FOCUS, Pam can be found reading mysteries, relaxing at her cabin, playing with her pugs, Capote and Puck, or following Mariner’s baseball with her husband, Don. Pam and Don are the parents of two grown children, Holly and Robert.