Ms. Jennifer Adams
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I come from a long line of teachers. My mom taught elementary, my grandpa taught middle school science, and my dad has been a teacher in many different capacities. We all love to make learning fun and engaging, as well as the enjoyment we get from watching the growth of our students. I taught private piano lessons first, then added some voice students which eventually grew to a very large private studio. Back in 2011, I was music directing a show when I was approached by an administrator asking me if I would ever be interested in teaching music and theater at their private school. I didn’t go to school to be a teacher. I was a performance major. But I have had incredible teachers and mentors that inspired and taught me, so when that question arose, I jumped at the opportunity and haven’t looked back since. I love my students – past and present, school or private setting. They are my inspiration!
What makes teaching at Pardes special?
Pardes has welcomed me and the new program we are building with the utmost support and excitement. I love the smaller class sizes, the faculty support, and the administrative team that goes way above and beyond in collaborating to create a program that will support the whole student population in music education, communication skills, and above all, creativity.
What is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I have been teaching privately since I was in high school. I’ve also been music directing for over 30 years. These one-on-one plus larger group experiences have given me the skills to quickly identify the specific needs in a class setting. Each class is unique. Most days they really work hard and get the work done, but sometimes a class just needs to unwind and be silly. And guess who’s doing that right alongside them? Me! In our class, we step out of the real world, use our imaginations, and play in every lesson.
Describe how students benefit from the academic classes and being part of the Pardes community.
Pardes truly provides a well-rounded 21st century learning environment. Rigorous academics, all varieties of the arts, different sports, religion and culture – they provide it all. There is something for every interest – in and out of the classroom. The community culture is strong at Pardes and I’m proud to be a part!
What sets Pardes Jewish Day School students apart from other students?
The Pardes community is a family. Students know each other, students know their teachers, and teachers know their students. Grades of various ages work together so even our youngest students know the names of our older students and look up to them as mentors and friends. The administration know students by name and each individual feels recognized and included in our Pardes family.
When you aren’t teaching at Pardes, where can we find you?
When I’m not teaching in the classroom, I’m usually at a theater, music directing or teaching private lessons in my home. Aside from that, I am an avid crafter and currently love making wreaths. I can be found reading, crocheting, decorating my home and gardening (mainly flowers). My husband and I love to travel. We find quick getaways – a nice way to spend most any weekend. We love family and spending time with our 5 grown children and very large extended family.