Samantha’s journey in education began when she was pursuing her degree in Secondary English Education at Florida State University. It was her college experience that ignited her passion for working towards education equality. Upon graduation, Samantha applied and was accepted into the Teach For America program where she was placed within a charter school in Houston, Texas. She spent the next five years there as a classroom and college access teacher.
Originally from the Chicagoland area, Samantha and her family moved back home where she would continue to teach within a charter school and work as an administrator within the private sector. All of these experiences have continued to grow and enrich her passion for helping students achieve their future goals and dreams.
Florida State University, Bachelor of Science, Secondary English Education
WHAT I WISH I KNEW MY FIRST YEAR
To take time in exploring various career paths within my major of interest. Just because you think you know what major or career you want, that as you grow and evolve, that vision may shift and to utilize the resources to best support that development along the way.
FAVORITE PLACE ON CAMPUS
My Freshman year I applied and was accepted into a program they called a “Living-Learning Community”. I was placed within a dorm of students who shared the same declared major as me. Within the lower level of my dorm, there were classrooms in which we also went and were enrolled in introduction leveled classes for our declared major. This not only provided me an immediate community of peers but also a strong support of staff who mentored and exposed me to the different paths available within my major of choice.