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Sandra Adams (KY '93)


At the time of the Award, Sandra Adams was:

Grant County High School
Dry Ridge, KY

Subject(s) taught: English/Language Arts, Spanish
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Sandra Adams teaches Advanced Placement English, English IV, and Spanish I and II at Grant County High School in Dry Ridge. Mrs. Adams describes her teaching approach as one that combines "traditional content with innovative design. For example," she explains, "students should study Shakespeare and other classics, but there are many new and innovative ways for them to understand and enjoy the material." Mrs. Adams also tries to strike a balance when it comes to classroom management; "I want to be the teacher that students remember as being hard yet fair," she says. Mrs. Adams still keeps a small brown notebook that holds all the names of the first students she ever taught. "Those students who 'broke me in,'" she says, "are the ones I remember most often. They were good kids (not all were perfect, though), and they learned just as I did. Many are my friends today." Mrs. Adams is active in several projects, initiated by the Kentucky Department of Education, related to pedagogical and administrative educational reform.

Additional Information


1970 University of Kentucky, B.A.

Northern Kentucky University, MA in Secondary Education, MA in Psychology, and MA in Educational Leadership

Mentoring, Editing