Art instructor Gina Adams tailors her programs in hopes of connecting with students learning needs.
by Joshilyn Pete
Instruct, encourage, influence, share, guide, and inspire are all descriptive words for a teacher. Teachers do so much for students, they go beyond what they are being paid for. They believe in us students and help us to stride farther than we intend to or have the energy for.
You think once you start a course you have to develop the certain skills of the course. For instance clay? Molding the squishy clay between your fingers into a pottery is a skill that not all art students have. What is a teacher to do? Fail him? Clayton Baxter a student participating in ceramics has tried molding clay into pots and bowls but hasn’t gotten the hang of it.
He has tried his best and fired up at least one bowl into the kiln. Mrs. Gina Adams didn’t immediately turn her back. Adams focused on his interest in drawing by giving him a different option to go in passing the course. She allowed him to make tiles and draw his art work onto them as an exchange for pottery.
Baxter gave praise for Adams, “I love that she let me do that. Mrs. Adams was very understanding and encouraging. I can’t make pottery very well but I love art. I wanted to stay in art class but wasn’t good enough to pass based on merit. She found a way where I could still draw on clay tiles I made myself. I was apprehensive at first but she convinced me it would be fun. As a student who loves art but has stopped drawing due to the fact that teachers in the past have told me I’m no good, she really made the experience a good one.”
Its teachers like Gina Adams that makes Haskell a positive environment for our students. We at the Indian Leader would like to say, “thank you Ms. Adams for going above and beyond in your service to those who comprise your classes.”