• Ms. Adams
    Advanced Placement Language and Composition Certified
    Piasa Bluffs Writing Project Fellow 2011
    English II, Honors English III, English IV
    Contact Information for Ms. Adams
    Email Address: adams.mary@columbia4.org
    Phone Number: 618.281.5001
    Undergraduate Degree & Major: B.A. English University: McKendree
    Years of teaching in CUSD4: 16
    Years of total teaching experience: 17
    Supplies for all sections:
    1 string-bound composition notebook
    1 folder or small binder for loose papers
    writing utensil(s)
    current reading materials
    About Ms. Adams, the teacher and writer:  Eighteen years ago, I chose to complete my student teaching at Columbia High School, and that is when I fell in love with teaching teenagers and with the Columbia community.  After a year teaching English at Freeburg Community High School, I took a position at CHS where I taught for two years and followed with teaching eighth grade English at CMS for twelve years.  I'm excited to be in my third year back at the high school level.  In addition to teaching the eighth grade writing classes, I've also taught sections of sixth grade English, seventh grade English, and English I - English IV, including several years of honors experience.  Inspired by a fantastic high school English teacher from Belleville West and a wonderful professor at McKendree, I found a passion for writing that, for me, is unparalleled with other disciplines, and even had the opportunity to freelance as a feature writer for a local magazine several years ago.  My goal for my English students is to guide each of them individually in finding their own special talents in the area of writing and communications and their individual passions in reading. 
    About Ms. Adams, the person:  I am married and have a twelve-year-old daughter, Ariel, and a seven-year-old son, Heath.  We spend much time on the soccer field, volleyball courts, art studios, and theater stages.  I am a dog lover who currently has a pet cat (insert annoyed emoji character here).  I love going to concerts and plays, hiking and camping in forests and mountains, and spending time with family and friends.