Laurie Gifford Adams
Laurie Gifford Adams has been a middle school Language Arts teacher in Connecticut for twenty six years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Keuka College (NY) and her Masters of Arts in Education from The University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Honors and awards she has received include District Teacher of the Year 1991, Distinguished Service to Youth Award from Friends of Glastonbury Youth in 2006, Student Teacher of the Year in 1983 from Keuka College (NY) and recognized by C.A.S. (Connecticut Association of Schools) for two outstanding programs: Exploring the Arts and Theater Workshop (a middle school drama program).
Publishing credits include feature articles in Country and Country Extra magazines; numerous news and feature stories in the Chronicle Express newspaper in Penn Yan, NY; feature stories in Community Action News, South Windsor, CT; and an article in the CMEA Journal (Connecticut Music Educators Association Journal). She also collaborated on a full length musical, Behind the Bedroom Wall, the Musical (www.btbwthemusical.com) co-written with Laura E. Williams and Joan Burr. This musical was produced by the Connecticut Repertory Theater at the University of Connecticut in Storrs in 2007. Laurie also completed a young adult novel, FINDING ATTICUS, (www.lauriegiffordadams.com) which has been added to the curriculum in several schools.
Throughout her teaching career Laurie has written numerous teachers’ guides for novels used for classroom instruction, including one that can be used in conjunction with FINDING ATTICUS. After the DARE program was instituted in her school, she wrote a teachers’ resource guide of lessons for the English department to complement the lessons taught in the DARE classes.
Laurie’s professional affiliations include SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators); IWWG (International Women's Writers Guild); RWA (Romance Writers of America); NEA (National Education Association); CEA (Connecticut Education Association); and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English).
Numerous newspaper articles about Laurie and her novel, FINDING ATTICUS, were published during 2009. Periodicals included The Hartford Courant, The Chronicle Express Newspaper, Manchester Life (monthly magazine), Glastonbury Citizen and the Manchester Reminder newspaper. She was also interviewed on the public access show Page 1. (This show is now on Youtube in three segments and can be accessed by typing in Laurie Gifford Adams in the search bar.)
Laurie lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children who are 23 and 21 years old. She has lived through the difficulties of keeping children safe on the internet and brings that personal experience to this project as well as her teaching experience.