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If you can do math, you can do anything

MCHS math teacher, Gina Adams, has been inspiring students for a little over two decades 
Rose Wenckebach
Mrs. Gina Adams, a math teacher at the Upper Campus, helps her student with her work just before spring break. Adams is one of many MCHS teachers who makes a difference in the lives of her students.

For two decades, Gina Adams has been adding up inspiration, multiplying curiosity, and dividing doubts, proving that education is more than just a numbers game. Adams is not just a math teacher but a creative and inspiring figure that MCHS has had for awhile.

“I kind of have my hands in a lot of places,” said Adams.

Adams, along with being a math teacher, is the current sponsor and co-advisor for Prom at Upper Campus. Adams began teaching at the former East Campus in fall of 1998, she was also the prom advisor at East Campus. Adams taught at East for six years before taking a four year break and further returning to teach at MCHS. This is Adam’s 22nd year teaching within MCHS.

Adams also takes part in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (DIB) as well, SAT prep, training sessions, and this year she is also tackling the Junior College and Career Seminar course.

Adams expands her creativity and support past the walls of the classroom, encouraging and helping young people any chance that she gets.

“Mrs. Adams is a TREMENDOUS force here at MCHS,” said Upper Campus principal, Dr. Jeff Prickett. “Not only is she a skilled math educator, but she also spends countless hours helping students above and beyond class time so that they can experience success, and she puts everything she has into ensuring that Prom is a night to remember for our students.”

“The best thing about Mrs. Adams?” said Prickett. “Kids talk about how she made them feel. That is the mark of a genuine, impactful teacher.”

With gentle guidance and unwavering support, Adams inspires her students to embrace their strengths and pursue their passions.

“I think of my goals since day one,” said Adams, “is just to encourage young people to pursue what they feel like they are good at and want to figure out what might challenge them and overcome that.”

For Adams, success is not just measured by grades, but by the spark of excitement and confidence ignited within every student who dares to follow their dreams. In Adams’ classroom, every student is seen, heard and believed in, fostering a community where self-discovery and growth flourishes freely and has been for over a century.

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