As a studio artist and early childhood teacher, Lauren Adams came to Opal energized by their question-seeking, meaning-making, collaborative group of inspiring children and teacher researchers working together.
Before connecting with Opal in 2010, Lauren taught for many years among other dynamic teaching and learning communities and holds both a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College in NY.
Since joining Opal, Lauren continued to expand her own concepts of what being present and intentional mean. She was particularly reflective about what listening in relationship can offer to her life and practice. Provoked by Opal’s approach of playful inquiry, Lauren is dedicated to furthering her understanding of the rich relationships possible between children, the arts, and inquiry within the laboratory for democratic life, the studio-classroom. Her research at Opal concentrates on the potential that beauty and materials have in supporting children in pursuit of developing their innate gifts of play, curiosity, engagement and making sense of their place among things. She revels in dialog with other educators determined to inspire change.