Kathleen Adams has been teaching Driver's Education at RCC for five years and feels it is a satisfying teaching experience. She never hears her students say the recurrent phrase, "When am I ever going to use this again?” Kathleen teaches both in class and behind-the-wheel, and she likes seeing her students in both settings, as it helps her to integrate knowledge with action. Kathleen understands that students need to know the rules of the road both on paper and in the car, and being deficient in either aspect can result in one of those dreaded tickets, or worse. As she points out, "Driver's Education is about keeping our students safe in the car." She tells her students, "When I read about you in the newspaper, I want it to be for some award you have won, rather than for a car crash." With that, Kathleen urges her students to take what they have learned and put it into practice all their lives. She learned sympathy for other parents when her son took Driver’s Education and was learning to drive. She says, “When I didn’t have my brake on the passenger side, I kept yelling, ‘STOP’ just like all the rest of the parents.”
In addition to Driver's Education, Kathleen teaches Special Education at Rogue River Junior Senior High School and has been there for nine years. She and her husband have one son and two cats, and she enjoys gardening in her spare time.