Adam credits his upbringing in Ashtabula, a small town in Northeast Ohio, for molding his self and purpose. In high school, he began to volunteer in after-school programs teaching French and mentoring with his former middle school teachers. He was hooked and went on to study adolescent to young adult education at the University of Akron, with a specialty in social studies.
In 2007, Adam began teaching world history, American government and psychology at New Town High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. During this time, he was able to develop his craft with the help of a mentor-teacher at his school who provided meaningful feedback on a daily basis. Adam also became involved in the surrounding school community by leading as class advisor, organizing college tours, facilitating a professional learning community on intrinsic motivation and even directing teacher lip dubs to increase school morale. After four wonderful years in Maryland, Adam decided to return to his Midwest roots and accepted a position teaching geography, psychology and world history at Al Raby High School in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood.
After seven years in the classroom, Adam wanted to pursue a new journey, and an organization that celebrates teacher voice, like Educators for Excellence, was the right step forward. As a senior outreach director, Adam enjoys managing his team of outreach directors to support the work of teachers across the city. The opportunity to meet a diverse group of passionate educators from Chicago inspires him on a daily basis.