Once a ‘mixed up kid,’ English Teacher Adam Bearson Aids Struggling Students

Madeline Jang, Staff Writer

Adam Bearsons’ resume includes producer, writer, filmmaker, aircraft parts dealer, and private investigator.
These days, he is trying his hand at teaching English 1, 2, and Honors English 1 in room A8.
“Being a teacher is my favorite of them all,” Bearson said.
Bearson went to Taft High School in Los Angeles.
He was expelled for assaulting his English teacher.
“I was a wild mixed-up kid in high school,” he said.
“My own personal experiences inspired me to become a teacher and to feel compassionate to students who struggle the way I did.”
He took away valuable advice from his past and shared it with his students.
Bearson went on to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He said that his teaching strategy is “whatever works” and that when it comes to embarrassing moments as a teacher, he has had “too many to count.”
Bearson taught theater at San Juan High School and one of his plays was protested by a religious group.
At Bella Vista he made a 30 minute feature film with his students that won accolades for its story and production values. In the quirky film about an unusual substitute, students learn about techniques and ethics of documenting their lives.
“Students worked as actors and production assistants, learning industry standards from local industry professionals,” Bearson wrote.
Bearson is married with two children, Nathaniel, 15, and Lily, 12.
Nathaniel attends Mira Loma High School and Lily attends Winston Churchill Middle School.
The family has three pets: two dogs named Harvey and Snowball, and a pet gecko.
Bearsons’ favorite hobbies and interest include “mountain biking and creating things with kids.”
He loves being involved as a parent to his kids, as much as he is involved with his students.
Bearson said he lives his life by the maxim “Always say ‘yes.’”