Originally from Albany, Ga., Meghan graduated in 2009 from the Orlean Beeson School of Education with a degree in Early Childhood/Special/Elementary/Collaborative Education. She received her M.S.E. in Early Childhood Special Education from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2013. Meghan currently teaches students with Autism Spectrum Disorders at an urban, Title I school. She enjoys spending time volunteering with several avenues of the Samford community that invested in her during her time at Samford. Currently, she serves as an advisor for her sorority and is a member of the Birmingham Young Alumni Board. She also represents the school of education on the Alumni Association Executive Council. She enjoys hosting future teachers from area universities in her classroom and mentoring new teachers.
Mandy Jayne Stanley
Jewel Williams has earned local and statewide recognition for her dynamic contributions to the field of education. A 2005 graduate of Orlean Beeson School of Education, Jewel is certified in early childhood, elementary and special education. During her years as an undergraduate student at Samford University, Williams founded and worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Rev. John T. Porter Minority Scholarship. Williams has taught first, third and fourth grade, special education and during the 2014–15 academic year, she served as an assistant principal at Hayes K–8 School in Birmingham. She currently serves as principal of New Hope Christian School and as chief education officer of Learning Little People LLC, a company she founded in 2013. Williams volunteers her time with Seasons Ministries, a nonprofit that works to mentor young women ages 8 to 25. She is also a junior board member for Junior Achievement and serves on the board of the Samford Black Alumni Association.