What would it take for you to build a school for your kids? For Benjamin and Lisa Adams, it took touring over 60 Minnesota preschools before realizing that none of them prepared children for first grade the way the Adams family would have hoped. “There are 1,800 days between your birth and the first day of first grade. What do we do with that?” asks Benjamin Adams, now the owner of Primrose Schools in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen.
Adams recently received the Excellence in Education Award from the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce.
He and Lisa started the Eden Prairie Primrose School ten years ago next month. It was born from the experience Lisa had as a first grade teacher, when she saw students come into her classroom completely unprepared, socially and academically.
Primrose Schools offers a rigorous, academic approach to preschool, helping kids move onto grade school with high functioning academic and social skills, not just simple counting and letter recognition.
When Adams received word of the award, he was speechless. “I am rarely at a loss for words. I’m very honored and humbled,” he says. He prefers to divert the praise, however. “The leadership and my family are the ones who do all the work. I’m just here to passionately embrace what schooling can be.”