Middle School Team

Middle School Team Leaders

Larry Daniels, Assistant Principal has been with Gifford since 2007 in the position of Assistant Principal. Prior to coming to Gifford, he worked in a psychiatric day treatment center for adults as well as a therapeutic residential placement for kids He ran a court diversion program as well as a private psychotherapy practice.  Larry also coached baseball for years at many competitive levels.  

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
I appreciate that Gifford has a solid therapeutic milieu that strives to provide for students’ social, emotional and educational needs.  Within that structure, I love providing supervision for staff members who are looking to grow into strong and sensitive helpers of children.  I also appreciate how a sense of community can extend to parents of our students and help them feel connected to the school.  The better connected to parents the school is, the better their students succeed. 

Tom Adams, Head Teacher has been with Gifford since 2003, and has held various positions including High School Assistant Teacher, Teacher, Department Head, and Middle School Head Teacher. Tom is a graduate of Clemson University, and a Professional member of the American Mountain Guides Association, a working rock and ice climbing instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and Project Adventure trained group facilitator. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
My favorite thing about working here is watching the students grow and learn, increasing their self-esteem, and achieving success. The resilience and effort of the students is inspirational. During my career here, I’ve learned that all students want to do well. I’ve also learned that every school should be a therapeutic school.

Vicki Schenkel, LICSW  has been with Gifford as the Middle School Social Worker since 2011. She has 25 plus years working with adolescents and families in a variety of settings. 

Favorite thing about working at Gifford?
My favorite thing is the growth that we get to see in kids and families and just being with the kids and having fun. Hearing a family say “my kid is finally happy in school and has friends” is the most rewarding thing about my job.


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