July 23, 2018
Shadeville Elementary teacher Kerry Adams earned a third award after first being named Shadeville’s 2018 Teacher of the Year and then being selected as the 2018 Wakulla County Teacher of the Year.
While attending the annual Teacher of the Year program in Orlando on July 13, Adams was presented with the Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Award. The Florida Department of Education honors a Florida educator who personifies the values that made Dr. Dassler stand out among the crowd.
Dr. Brian Dassler, Florida’s late Deputy Chancellor of Educator Quality, was known for remaining in contact with past students and colleagues and celebrating their successes. He felt passionately that every student deserved to have a teacher better than the very best teacher any of the current educators ever had.
Said Florida’s Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart as she presented the plaque, “Kerry Adams is a wonderful example of how a creative, determined educator can make a genuine difference in students’ lives, and it is an honor to recognize her with such a special award.”
Currently Adams teaches 5th grade math inclusion classes and has taught all subjects in her 11 years of working with fifth graders.
Others also attest to Adams’ effective teaching skills. Her peers have twice voted her Teacher of the Month. In addition, she was recognized by the Florida Department of Education as a “High Impact Teacher” due to her students’ learning gains.
She also received the “Best and Brightest Scholarship” for teachers because of the high rate of her students showing academic growth, plus she had to have high SAT or ACT college entrance exam scores as part of the criteria.
While Shadeville Elementary Principal Nick Weaver was attending the program in Orlando to support Adams as Wakulla’s Teacher of the Year, he unexpectedly got to see her win the Dr. Dassler award.
“This unforeseen award is well-deserved,” says Weaver. “Kerry Adams is a dynamic teacher who does so well getting most of her struggling math students to a higher level. She is passionate about making sure her students have the tools to succeed, believing that academic success will boost their confidence in themselves in all areas.”
He adds, “She is a dynamic force around Shadeville. Adults and children alike respect her.”
Says Adams, “As 5th Grade Team Leader, I feel this is one of the most important jobs I have because my team has entrusted me to be their voice and to handle important tasks.”
Additional leadership roles she has taken on include Odyssey of the Mind Coach; Co-chair of the SES Spelling Bee; and Safety Patrol Chair where she organizes and runs this program with the 5th grade students.
Says Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “Congratulations to Kerry Adams on winning this award. Her ability to help children learn complex math concepts is due to the high expectations she has for them. They know that she will never give up on them, so they start to see that they can’t give up on themselves. She is very deserving of this honor.”
Adds Adams, “The most important life lesson I teach my students is that even though things can be challenging, through struggle and desire, they can improve and achieve their goals.”