Pam Tebow Gives Encouraging Message at Luncheon

May 9, 2014

by Cary McMullen | Publications editor

Inspirational speaker Pam Tebow addressed a luncheon honoring mothers on May 7 at Florida Southern and stressed that parents should love their children “the way they’re packaged.”

The luncheon, which was attended by more than 200 people, was a fundraising event for the Roberts Academy, the transitional elementary school run by FSC for children with dyslexia. Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow, spoke of her own experience with the condition. Her husband, Bob, two of her children, including Tim, and a granddaughter have dyslexia.

“I’m very thankful this school loves children the way God loves them,” she said. “It’s hard for those of us who are good readers to know what it’s like to have dyslexia.”

Tebow offered advice and encouragement to her audience, noting that parents should want their children to have hope, humility, and a mission in life. Most of all, she said, parents should demonstrate that they love their children just as they are.

“It’s so important that we believe in them. One of the ways we communicate love is through what we say, and there is no substitute for clearly and simply saying ‘I love you,’” she said.

The event drew many from the community eager to hear Tebow. President Anne Kerr said, “It’s such an honor to have someone of your integrity and mission in life here at Florida Southern.”

Dean Tracey Tedder of the School of Education gave a brief description of the Roberts Academy, which began in 2010 with 23 students and three teachers and now has 118 students in grades 2 through 6. It is the only transitional school in Florida for gifted children with dyslexia.

Tebow quoted from Tim’s autobiography in which he writes that his mother convinced him his dyslexia was not a disability. She said a tutor the family hired to help Tim had employed the Orton-Gillingham Method, a technique used in the Roberts Academy to teach reading skills which has proven effective with dyslexia.

“Orton-Gillingham made such an impact on Tim,” she said. “I’m so thankful you have a burden for kids with this condition. God has a wonderful plan for them, and dyslexia will not hinder that plan.”