After graduating from Samford, I joined Teach for America, teaching high school mathematics at a public school in inner-city Miami.
My favorite aspect of my job is my relationship with my students and their families. In my role as the gifted specialist, I have the privilege of working with the same students for multiple years. I love getting to watch them grow through the years and getting to know their individual personalities.
Samford exposed me to cutting-edge practitioners in the field of education and kept me abreast to current trends in education. The on-going partnership between Samford and local schools and districts allowed for students to have a clear understanding of what is needed to effectively lead schools.
My favorite Samford memory is my first education class when the professor prayed and thanked God that we were following His calling to be teachers. Until then, I hadn’t thought of my career in teaching as a calling.
Samford provided me with a rigorous academic program that encompassed real world projects and situations that I easily connected to my daily career. In addition, Samford allowed me to network with colleagues whom I still keep in touch with today. The relationships that I have built throughout my time at Samford have been incredibly helpful to me in my career.
My advice to Samford students is listen to your heart. Seek God with all your heart and He will lead you on a fulfilling life journey. Invest in true friendships. They will last a lifetime.
The gifted classroom took the limitations that were in the regular classroom due to testing and mandated curriculum off of me. No longer did I have constraints on my creativity with teaching students. I was able to ask them what they wanted to learn and explore those areas with them. I was able to cater to each student’s needs and find ways to help them grow and learn in areas of their social, emotional, and academic needs. I love it and will always love it!