Hometown: Zebulon, NC
Education: Religious Studies, Minor in English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Placement: Bronx River High School
Samantha is from Zebulon, NC, and graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a degree in Religious Studies and a minor in English Literature. School was always something she enjoyed and felt confident in, and believed that if she worked hard, she could be success. To Samantha, education is a tool for mobility. In college, she discovered her passion for education and changed her major and minor, a move inspired by her professors who made students such as herself feel valued and created an open and collaborative environment in the classroom. One summer, Samantha tutored a GED program for out-of-school young adults at a local literacy center, an incredible learning experience for her. It showed her how the traditional educational approach in public schools simply didn’t work for some of the students she tutored. It was this hope for a new approach that drew Samantha to Blue Engine.