James Adkins has a deep commitment to students and to education. His journey to become a teacher is remarkable. He is Indio High School’s greatest champion for building an academic culture and developed our Renaissance program. He instituted our student of the month recognition and a massive community service outreach program which has turned many of our students into “big brother/big sister” mentors at our local Boys and Girls Club. He is the epitome of a student-centered teacher and promotes access to learning for his diverse students by modifying assignments creatively so that all the students in his class can succeed.
Jamie Anderson, Twentynine Palms High School; Jose Gomez, Arroyo Valley High School; Steven Marouf, Cobalt Institute of Math & Science; Heather Roberts-Gundrum, Alta Loma High School; Brenda Tilford, Colony High School; Hannah Seyb, Shadow Hills High School; Kristel Hernandez, Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Tamra Jimenez, March Mountain High School; John Gonzales, Desert Mirage High School