Related Arts Update


Mr. Willard – Band Director

Mr. Willard has spent the past 18 years in educations, but 2016 was his first year at John Adams.  He graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in music education.  He enjoys fly fishing, being outdoors, and performing.  Parents and students are encouraged to contact Mr. Willard through Engrade or

Mrs. Case has been at John Adams 14 out of her 33 years of teaching. She attended both Fairmont State College and West Virginia University earning an AB in Education, B.S. in Physical Education and Health Science, and a M.S. in Speech Pathology.  She enjoys hiking, sleeping, reading, and swimming.  The best way to contact Mrs. Case is through email at

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. 




Ms. Whisner – Chorus and General Music



Mrs. Whisner has been a KCS educator for the past 15 years.  In her ten years of teaching at John Adams, she has taught General Music and Chorus, as well as  directed several plays. She has a BA in Music Education (K-12), and a MA in Choral Conducting.  She has attended Marshall University, WVSU, University of North Texas, and the University of Kentucky.  She enjoys shooting clays, choral arranging, and walking.  The best way to contact Mrs. Whisner is through Schoology.

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12


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Mrs. Sticklen – Art

Mrs. Sticklen has been teaching for 23 years, and has spent the past 13 at John Adams.  She holds a B.A. in Art and Interior Design from the University of Charleston and a B.A. in Art Education K-12 From WV State University.  She loves stained glass and painting.  She believes that a positive attitude is the key to success in anything you attempt.  “I foster a classroom where every child should feel comfortable and accepted.”  The best way to contact Mrs. Sticklen is at

Art doesn’t teach you how to draw.  Art teaches you how to think. 

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Mr. Testa – P.E.




Mr. Testa has been teaching at John Adams for 10 years. He graduated from Fairmont State University with a BA in Education and Goucher College with a MA in Athletic Leadership.  His hobbies include golfing, hockey, and basketball.  He can be reached at





Mrs. Marcus has spent the past 7 years at John Adams out of her 39 year teaching history.  She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education (French, Spanish, and German) and a M.A. in Foreign Language.  She attended WVU and WVSU.  She loves walking, tennis, swimming, traveling, and reading.  You may email Mrs. Marcus as

Enjoy life to the fullest every day. 



Mrs. Franco has spent 18 years as an educator in Kanawha County Schools, with the last two being at John Adams.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Charleston.  She enjoys listening to music, walking, and watching Hallmark movies.  The best way to contact Mrs. Franco is through Schoology.

You never fail until you stop trying. -Albert Einstein