When students or staff at Newark Middle School haven’t felt up to par this semester, they’ve been seeing someone new in the nurse’s office.
Annette Adams, of Farmington, filled the vacancy created by Ann Allerton’s retirement in June 2017. Immediately after Allerton’s retirement, Inger Rothpearl, one of two nurses at Newark High School, filled in at NMS until the holiday break.
“Annette is awesome,” Principal Teresa Prinzi said. “She has a wealth of experience. She fits here beautifully. She has a very nice way with kids and staff. The kids really like her. Everybody has been very welcoming to her.”
Adams said she is delighted that she’s the new nurse at NMS, although it’s not the first time she’s worked in that capacity. She became a licensed practical nurse in 2013 after graduating from the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES program, and then worked as a substitute nurse at NMS, NHS and in other area school districts. She worked as school/residential nurse for Hillside Children’s Center in Rochester for nearly two years.
Adams is in the process of becoming an registered nurse through Achieve/Excelsior College.
“I absolutely love it here, the kids are dynamite,” Adams said. “It’s a comfortable fit. This is home.’’
While Adams said she’s wanted to be a nurse as long as she can remember, she initially earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Nazareth College after graduating from Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester. She earned her master’s degree in business administration/management from Roberts Wesleyan College.
Adams taught business at various high schools in the region, and served as the business department chairman at Bishop Kearney High School. She was an adjunct business professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Finger Lakes Community College and Monroe Community College.
Adams decided to transition into a career in nursing while working at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua as a customer service trainer. Before being hired at NMS, she worked in Sodus Central School District as workplace coordinator at the high school.
Adams and her husband, Leon, an engineer, have two grown sons, Ryan and Tristan.