May 14, 2021
Adams and Mauldin to Retire After Long Careers in Education
As this school year comes to a close, the Prince community will honor two beloved faculty members for their meaningful years of service and contributions to the school. Director of Bands Miles Adams and fifth-grade teacher Gail Mauldin will retire at the end of this school year.
Prince Director of Bands Miles Adams will retire after 38 years in education with eight of those years teaching at Prince. Prior to coming to Prince, Mr. Adams taught for 30 years in Jackson County serving in several roles as middle school and high school Band Director as well as the Fine Arts Coordinator for Jackson County Schools. He joined the Prince faculty in 2013 and is credited with taking a fledgling band and developing it into an award-winning superior program that includes beginning, intermediate, advanced, jazz, and pep bands with students who excel musically, academically, and spiritually.
Mr. Adams is well respected by his colleagues for consistently exceeding expectations. Prince Fine Arts Director LaMurl Morris explains, “Miles Adams is the best of the best. He is a master teacher not only in content, but in classroom management, learning styles, and interpersonal and professional relationships. Everything that Miles does, he does with excellence. Miles is a humble man who loves God, loves his country, loves his family, and loves the families and students whom he teaches.”
Mr. Adams describes Prince as a unique place to work. “Prince is special because of its Christ-centered atmosphere and its focus on educating the whole child in the areas of Christian discipleship, academics, fine arts, and athletics.”
Mr. Adams is married to Helen, and they have two daughters: Selena, a Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army Field Band in Washington DC and Kelsey, who works in the IT department of a school system in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Adams plans to build and enjoy their “forever” home at Clark’s Hill Lake in Lincolnton where he hopes to fish every morning and ski every afternoon.
Lower school teacher Gail Mauldin will retire after 49 years in education with 19 of those years teaching at Prince. Mrs. Mauldin earned a bachelor’s degree in early education from the University of Georgia and subsequently taught kindergarten, second, third, and sixth grades in Barrow County from 1972-1988. From 1988-2002, she taught fifth grade in Athens-Clarke County until coming to Prince Avenue where she has taught fifth grade.
Mrs. Mauldin is known by her peers as a patient and wise teacher. One co-worker describes working with Gail as a gift. “Gail displays the best balance of wisdom and humility of anyone I’ve ever worked with. She is the most efficient, thoughtful, and hard-working colleague anyone could ask for. She will be missed more than words.”
Mrs. Mauldin explains that PACS has been a wonderful place to teach. “Partnering with families to develop their children academically and spiritually is such a privilege. It is an opportunity of service to my Savior. The opportunity to work with some of the most precious colleagues is something I will always cherish.”
Mrs. Mauldin has two sons and one daughter and seven grandchildren (ranging in age from seven months to 23 years). Her daughter is a Prince graduate (’03), and one of her grandsons is currently in kindergarten at Prince. In retirement, Mrs. Mauldin plans to enjoy spending time with her family and not setting a morning alarm.