Above and Beyond: Pam Kellar
Because she’s 75, retired educator Pam Kellar was able to get a COVID-19 vaccine quickly. Yet she still spent weeks on the phone and internet scheduling appointments for others. Kellar, president of the MEA-Retired chapter in Warren, helped both active and retired educators from the area get vaccinated. The former elementary school teacher navigated three hospital systems and the Macomb County Health Department to snag appointments for educators who didn’t have time to check online sites every 15 minutes or hold on the phone for hours. “I’m retired, and I don’t have anything to do, so I don’t mind listening to elevator music for two hours if it means more teachers can get vaccinated.” The stress of the past year has made it hard to sleep, often waking her early. “One morning I woke up at 4:10, and I was able to schedule seven teachers.” The quest became a competition between her and the vice president of the Warren Education Association, Lisa Sikoski. “Except for my neighbors, everyone I’ve made an appointment for has been a union member,” Kellar said.