A popular Starkville educator died last week and has been laid to rest in his hometown.
Former Starkville High School biology teacher Michael Adam died on Tuesday, July 23. Adam had been an educator in the district for six years, and had also taught in the Columbus Municipal School District. Last year, Adam left SHS for a project manager position at the Mississippi State University Research and Curriculum Unit. He was 39 years old, and is survived by his wife, Tammie and daughter, Lily.
While a teacher at SHS, Adam sponsored several extracurricular activities including the Excalibur Science club. Several of his students in Excalibur had presented their projects at national and international science fairs. He was named the district’s teacher of the year for 2017. He held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU, and was working toward a doctorate in human development and family sciences.
He also served on the advisory council for the SHS Jobs for Mississippi Graduates program for four years, both as a teacher at SHS and after moving onto the RCU.
“I just know that Mr. Adam was just wonderful, and he certainly will be missed,” said SHS JMG instructor Debbie Thomas. “I informed his wife through a thank you card that Mr. Adam will always serve as an honorary member of the JMG Advisory Council.”
A tribute on the RCU’s Facebook page described Adam as a “kind, loving person and a great educator.”
SHS Assistant Principal Ginger Tedder shared her memories of Adam.
“His legacy is what he left in people, not what he left for people,” Tedder said. “He invested in people.”
SHS Principal Sean McDonnall remembered Adam’s passion for teaching.
“He loved his kids and he loved his school,” McDonnall said.
Adam was buried on Saturday in the Smith Cemetery #2 near Gloster. A visitation and memorial service were held at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster prior to the burial.
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