Adams recognized as Class Act
Published 10:01 am Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Red Level High School History Teacher Tori Adams was named this week’s WSFA Class Act.
Adams said she’s taught seven years, but this is her fifth year at her alma mater.
Adams said that she was completely shocked to receive the award.
“The kids kept it a secret,” she said. “I had three students who went through the process. Madison Bush wrote it up, and Kameicka Boyd and Ronnie Smithart helped, too. They orchestrated it with their classmates and knew when Amanda Curran from WSFA was coming.”
Adams said her students talked to RLHS Principal Randy McGlaun, who helped them have a class meeting.
She said during the meeting, Curran surprised her with the award.
“Amanda Curran said that Madison would email her regularly to make sure she was still coming,” she said. “I thought that was so sweet. It means a lot to have your co-workers and community approve of you, but to have your students approve that means a lot.”
Adams said she’s always loved history and wanted to be a history teacher.
“I had people tell me that teaching was hard and I should consider something else,” she said. “I had a good history teacher and I wanted to become a teacher myself.”
Adams said she worked with students one summer and decided that’s what she wanted to do with her life.
Adams said that a teacher once told her it was important to invest in a place that has given so much.
To her, that place is RLHS.
McGlaun said, “ “Mrs. Adams is not only a fantastic teacher, she a tremendous person. She is professional, encouraging, compassionate, a student advocate and is always looking for ways to improve herself in the classroom. RLHS is fortunate to have someone with her character. Mrs. Adams reminds me a great deal of Mrs. Sharpe who taught at RLHS many years who was loved and respected by all. Mrs. Sharpe was definitely a large portion of the foundation of RLHS and I feel as though Mrs. Adams is carrying on that same tradition. We are extremely proud of Mrs. Adams.”