Friday, November 20 is the 33rd Dynamic DNA Laboratories Springfield Festival of Trees at the Discovery Center of Springfield. There are a lot of festive events and activities that are going to look a little different this year, but, thanks to some advanced COVID-19 testing from Dynamic DNA, the show goes on in 2020. In addition to food from Hinode Japanese Steakhouse, an open bar sponsored by Mother’s Brewing Company, live entertainment, and an At Home Holiday Decor Live Auction, the event features a special guest too. TikTok teaching star Mackenzie Adams will be talking about the importance of education even when students can't be together in the classroom.
Adams, who teaches kindergarten in Washington, took social media by storm earlier this year with her enthusiastic teaching skills. She was invited to the Festival of Trees to speak about the importance of education in a year when we were all kept apart by a pandemic. We spoke to Adams and Rob Blevins, executive director of the Discovery Center of Springfield, about this year’s event.
“[They] want me to come and share my experience. I’m very excited,” says Adams, who became a viral video star earlier this year for her animated teaching style after she posted videos on TikTok. “Within a couple of hours I got text messages like ‘oh your TikTok is going viral,’” says Adams of her sudden stardom. “I never posted it for anyone to see, it was just kind of for me to reflect on my teaching and how I’m engaging the students.”