Adam Sparks
Berea College
Camp Director
Camp Starfish

Adam worked with the Berea College GEAR UP Partnership for all four years as an undergraduate studying elementary education at Berea. Whether it involved filing paperwork at the program’s office or mentoring kids at a local elementary school, Adam’s experience in Berea’s labor program allowed him to gain a level of workplace professionalism that benefitted him as a young elementary school teacher. Today, Adam serves as the Camp Director of Camp Starfish, a Massachusetts summer camp for emotionally and behaviorally challenged kids, which has allowed him to recognize additional ways in which Berea’s labor program has influenced his approach to work. Reflecting on his leadership position at Camp Starfish, he said, “I’m in a supervisory position, hiring people and everything that comes with that. I know that there is value in all work, from taking out the trash and cleaning the floors to the meetings that take place in the boardroom. I wouldn’t have that worldview had it not been for Berea’s labor program.”