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.