Alumni Profiles


Rachel Gregory

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.

Mandy Stanley

Mandy Jayne Stanley

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.

Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll

Jennifer Carroll, '78 graduate and founder of Elizabeth Project International, has served as a missionary in Kenya for over 30 years. Elizabeth Project International provides maternal and child educational programs that empower mothers with evidence-based information, skills and support, while advocating for dignity, compassion and best care practice healthcare.

Meghan Allen

Meghan Allen

Originally from Albany, Ga., Meghan graduated in 2009 from the Orlean Bullard 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.

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