Jeanie Box from our Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies passed along a message to me from another great teacher with Samford credentials, Katherine Hill Fields.  Katie was writing to Mandy Hilsmier, a valued member of our faculty:

"I'm not sure if you will remember me, but I am a former Samford student that graduated from the ESEC program in 2006.  I have now taught in two different systems and in two different grade levels.  I am currently teaching 3rd grade in Concord, NC just outside of Charlotte.  I continue to love my job more and more with each passing year.  I know I've found my calling.  I wanted to email you and let you know that I was just named teacher of the year for my school!  I was so honored and excited at the same time!  I wanted to take this chance to email you and tell you what an impact my experience at Samford and your outstanding leadership has given me over the past four years.  I felt very well equipped when I left Samford, but I also believe you gave me the tools necessary to continue to learn and grow as the curriculum and demands change.  Thank you for giving me the skills I needed to change students' lives effectively while continuing to love what I do!

"P.S. Oh yeah, and I've gotten married since my Samford days and I'm now Katie Fields! :o)"

The world is better because of Katie Fields.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.