Pamela Yau Smith, a Learning Enhancement and Academic Design teacher at Edgewood Elementary School—and a graduate of our Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies—received word a few days ago that she is one of 32 educators across the country this year to receive the Milken Family Foundation Award, a prestigious honor that is known in the world of K-12 education as the “Education Oscar.”  Congratulations, Pamela!

The world is better because of the creativity and dedication of Pamela Yau Smith and the graduates of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies.


About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.