Dee Adams, Program Administrator and Curriculum Development
I am a K-12 Special Education teacher and Early childhood Program Developer for more than 25 years. I completed my undergraduate degree in Communications at Metropolitan State University and attended the University of Minnesota for a Master’s in Educational Psychology. I have taught in both self-contained and inclusive public schools and child care programs. After leaving the classroom, I began developing training's,and providing professional development to early childhood professionals in my own Early childhood program in the Twin Cities metro. My primary goal is to encourage teachers to become more reflective and intentional in their curriculum and instruction. I am hoping to enhance the learning experiences and capitalize on children’s curiosity, and engage them in exploration, inquiry, experimentation, and productive play.
Mike Adams, Program Administrator
Mike is a dedicated educator with over 25 years in early childhood education through high school. He has a Master’s of Education degree focusing on the Arts from Lesley University where he graduated with honors. He has worked in public education settings where he has honed his expertise in education. Mike Adams shared in the responsibility as co-owner of Artisticrats Childcare Center from 2007 to 2016. Mike is committed to encouraging children of all ages to be interested in STEAM and inspiring future teachers to a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children’s creativity and curiosity.
SCHOOL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Sage STEAM Academy encourages children to be curious, wonder, think, play, question, discover, and connect with the world around them so they will become innovators able to make great contributions to society.
We want to grow organically and have like-minded families involved with Sage Valley Academy. Starting small allows us to get to know each child while building from the ground up. We would like to keep the number of students to teacher ratio low, as it allows children an opportunity to flourish in a smaller class setting. Each group will have no more than 10 children. As we move out of Covid, groups will grow to no more than 20.
Our goals are to develop and maximize the child’s individual development with the use of a comprehensive curriculum that addresses the whole child. Our goals are to provide a curriculum that focuses on the following components:
Offer meaningful collaboration
Increases critical thinking
Provide a unique way to problem-solve
Gives all students hands-on learning experiences
Culturally rich and diverse environment
Show children a different way to value the arts
Does Sage STEAM Academy Serve Children with Special Needs?
The founder, Dee Adams is trained and licensed to serve children with various learning disabilities and is able to provide services if needed on an individual bases. We believe that many minor learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed and will work with families individually to provide targeted services.