Alumni Profiles

Meghan Allen

meghan-allenOriginally 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.

Jennifer Carroll

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Jennifer Carroll is a '78 graduate from Samford University. She is the founder of Elizabeth Project International and has served as a missionary in Kenya for over 30 years. Elizabeth Project International is a maternal and child educational program that empower mothers with evidence-based information, skills and support, while advocating for dignity, compassion and best care practice healthcare. The organization is faith based and in addition to providing maternal and child educational needs the project is committed to nurturing faith and spiritual growth by recognizing the significance and spiritual impact of birth on a woman and her family.

Rachel Gregory

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Rachel Gregory served for two years as a Journeyman Homeschool Teacher with the International Mission Board from July 2014-2016 in Ft. Dauphin, Madagascar. Her job was to homeschool three American missionary children so the parents could focus on church planting among two specific Malagasy people groups. God also opened up ministry opportunities for Rachel to tell Bible stories in Malagasy to neighborhood children and to invest in a Malagasy club basketball team. Throughout her time teaching the missionary children, she fell in love with teaching Bible curriculum and watching her students grow in knowledge of God and His Word. Next, God has called Rachel to pursue a Masters in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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Mandy Jayne Stanley, ’14, was named the 2014 National Student Teacher of the Year by the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and the Association of Teacher Education. This is the first time the award has been granted to an Alabama student and includes a $1,200 cash prize and national recognition.

Jewel Williams

jewel_williams.jpegJewel 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.

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