8th Grade


Mr. Brewer – Science

Mr. Brewer teaches 8th grade Science. He has been teaching for six years and at John Adams Middle School since 2012. He is a graduate of Marshall with a MAT in teaching. His hobbies are music, guitar, and travel. His favorite quote is: “Get used to disappointment.” He can be contacted at tbrewer@mail.kana.k12.wv.us

Mrs. Brown

Mrs.Brown – Math

Mrs. Brown teaches 8th grade Math. She has been teaching for four years and at John Adams Middle School since 2013. She is a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Integrated Math Education. Her hobby is doing cross stitch. Her favorite book is Harry Potter. She can be contacted through Engrade.



Ms. Patterson – English

Ms. Patterson teaches 8th grade English. She has been teaching for 10 years and at John Adams Middle School since 2009. Ms. Patterson is a graduate of Washington & Lee University with a degree in English. She holds a Master’s  in Secondary Education from WVU and an additional Master’s in English from Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English. Ms. Patterson is also a National Board Certified teacher of Early Adolescence English Language Arts. When she isn’t grading papers, Ms. Patterson enjoys playing the flute, running, skiing, hanging out with her cats, and, of course, reading. Her favorite young adult books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling which were the focus of her undergraduate honors thesis. Ms. Patterson is the JAMS Student Council sponsor.  She can be contacted via email at ebpatterson@mail.kana.k12.wv.us


Mr. Viski – Math

Mr. Viski teaches 8th grade Math.  He has been teaching for 12 years and at John Adams Middle School since 2011.  He is a graduate of WVU with a Master’s in teaching.  His hobbies are sports “Let’s go Mountaineers.” His favorite food is sushi and his favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  He can be contacted at aviski@mail.kana.k12.wv.us



Mrs. White – Learning Skills

Mrs. White  teaches 8th grade English learning skills.  She has been teaching for 17 years and has been at John Adams for seven of those years.  She is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor’s in English and French for grades 7-12.  Her hobbies are tennis, reading, and visiting the beach.  Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. She can be contacted at dwhite@mail.kana.k12.wv.us



Mrs. Williams – English

Mrs. Williams  teaches 8th grade English. She is a graduate of Fairmont State College with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education with English and Special Education specializations.  She also has a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from WVU and holds a Master’s Degree in Public School Administration from Marshall University.  Her hobbies are shopping and going to WVU football and basketball games.   Her favorite quotes can be found in her room:  “Actions Speak Louder than Words” and “You Must Do the Things You Think You Cannot Do.”  She is also the Beta Club sponsor and can be contacted at mfwilliams@mail.kana.k12.wv.us


Mr. Mize – Science

Mr. Mize teaches 8th grade Science. He has been teaching for five years and at John Adams Middle School since 2013. He is a graduate of West Virginia State University with a Bachelor’s in Education. His hobby is rock climbing. His favorite quote is “If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” He can be contacted at hmize@mail.kana.k12.wv.us


Mr. Norman – West Virginia History

Mr. Norman, who has been teaching for 34 years, is back for his 22nd year at John Adams.  He graduated from West  Liberty State College with a BA in Social Studies.  He holds a MA in Speech Communications from WVU.  He enjoys walking, running, lifting weights, and harassing his wife, Rhonda.  He can be reached at rwnorman@mail.kana.k12.wv.us






Mr. Vandal – West Virginia History

Mr. Vandal has 11 years of teaching experience and has called John Adams home for the past two years.  He has a BA from Marshall and MA from WVU in Secondary Education with Social Studies and English specializations.  He enjoys music, playing guitar, and writing songs.  He loves basketball and other sports and spending time with his wife and kids.  The best way to reach Mr. Vandal is through Engrade.






Mrs. Kumar – Learning Skills

Mrs. Kumar has a Ph.D in history from Kanpur University in India.  She also attended San Jose University in California where she studied for her MBA.  She enjoys knitting, crochet, cooking, working in her yard, reading, and Sudoku.  She can be reached at pkumar@mail.kana.k12.wv.us.