Patrick Noonan ’19
Ty Adams, a class of 2016 dean’s list graduate of Appalachian State University, is in his second year working at Woodberry as a Kenan-Lewis Fellow. He teaches Stories & Histories and US History, and travels with the Oxford trip in the summer. When Mr. Adams was asked about his experiences at the Forest thus far, he commented about the honor code and how diligent students are with their studies. What immediately stood out for him upon his arrival at Woodberry was the fact that, as he puts it, “[students] connect with [teachers] on such a personal level and are so energetic about their schoolwork.”
Before arriving at App. State, he went to Kingswood Oxford, a private day school, in West Hartford, Connecticut. Looking back, he says that Kingswood Oxford, which was very similar to Woodberry in terms of size and expectations of students, was a strong reason for why he looked closely here in the first place.
“I always knew I wanted to work in schools, I just didn’t know where. So I thought about admissions and teaching…..I had to figure out what I enjoyed most.” He found the answer during his summers in college, where he spent time in programs at the Loomis Chaffee School and Choate Rosemary Hall, two boarding schools in New England. “Doing that was eye-opening, hanging out with kids outside the classroom and building different relationships with them…which there is much less of at a day school.”
He wanted to give an all-boys boarding school a try, and mentioned that he enjoyed everything his first year, from the electrifying, crowd-crazy win his soccer team made over arch-rivals Episcopal last year, to the various well-known and successful speakers the school has brought in for assemblies during his time.
Mr. Adams is also a student, getting his masters in curriculum instruction at the University of Virginia.
As a varsity soccer and baseball coach, Mr. Adams said he has also greatly enjoyed sports so far. During his high school years, he played soccer, basketball, and baseball, and he frequently participated in many different intramural sports during college. For a sports-minded person like Mr. Adams, coaching is important, and serving as coach for varsity soccer in the fall and for baseball in the spring has allowed him to relive his days on the field. Seeing snippets of pep rallies and games last fall, Mr. Adams is already prepared for his second viewing of The Game.
Mr. Adams will continue to bring a younger perspective and new ideas to an already wonderful history department and will continue to coach the soccer and baseball teams in the fall and spring of the 2017-2018 school year as an integral and involved member of the Woodberry community!