Adams, Kathy L. 1962-

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Adams, Kathy L. 1962-

PERSONAL:

Born June 4, 1962, in Covington, KY; daughter of Joseph (an ironworker) and Nila (an Internal Revenue Service clerk) Jones; married Dale E. Adams (a teacher and writer), June 28, 1980; children: Anthony. Ethnicity: "Appalachian." Education: Attended University of Cincinnati and University of Alaska, Anchorage. Hobbies and other interests: Travel.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Franklin, OH. Office—Wright State University, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Wright State University, Dayton, OH, associate professor.

MEMBER:

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Kappa Delta Pi.

WRITINGS:

(With husband, Dale E. Adams) Urban Education: A Reference Handbook, American Bibliographical Center-Clio Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 2003.

SIDELIGHTS:

Kathy L. Adams told CA: "In recent years my writing has been focused on academic pursuits because it is truly a publish-or-perish environment at the university. My urban education book, though, came out of frustration from years of working in urban schools and wanting to try to put out factual information, but also hoping to recruit some excellent teachers for urban schools.

"In the past and future my writing has been something I have always done and will always do. I am Appalachian and, although our culture is very much an oral storytelling one, I have from a young age wanted to put stories into writing. Also, when I am sad or frustrated I have found an outlet in writing, while speech seems to elude me.

"Writing is actually difficult for me. I will sit and write, and when I read it later it looks like a bunch of jumbled thoughts. It takes hours for me to get together something workable. I am very critical of my own writing but amazingly, after a great deal of time has passed, I will read things I had written and wonder who wrote that!"