Brian Adams: Man of Mystery


Brian Adams in his office

The Extended Learning Program, or ELP, is a program for students who excel in their studies and show a proficiency in learning. This program is headed by Brian Adams, who teaches ELP and English as a Second Language. Adams graduated from the University of Iowa and received a gifted certification through Drake. He taught Spanish at Woodward-Granger for six years. This will be his sixth year at PCM. 

“PCM is a great school to work at because the students are really kind, both to one another and to me. I enjoy working with the students they have here,” Adams said. 

Raised by farmers in Prairie City, Adams originally wanted to be a journalist before he turned to teaching. However, while studying abroad in Costa Rica, Adams helped his host-dad learn English and discovered a love of teaching. 

“I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s house when I was young, and they had a bookshelf where they kept a bunch of national geographic magazines; I would read these which led to a curiosity about the world around me that has led me to help develop this in others,” Adams said.

In addition to teaching ELP and ESL, Adams also volunteered to help coach soccer for several years until he was forced to stop to focus on grad school. He is getting his masters degree in gifted education through Arizona State, all while raising two kids. Students have connected with Adams and his unique personality.

“I think he is a really good resource for ELP kids; he is always willing to help out with anything we need,” junior Belle Hudnut said.

One of the hardest things for Adams when working with students is seeing them leave. It is hard for most teachers to see students they have helped nurture, graduate and go on to new horizons.

“I am going to be really sad when this year’s group of seniors graduate because they were sixth graders when I got here and I’ve been able to see them grow up and have been lucky enough to be a part of their transition to adulthood and I am going to be sad to see them leave,” Adams said.