Teachers have the unique opportunity to spend time talking, teaching, and listening to their students. During that time, teachers should be encouraging, motivating, and cultivating curious, understanding, and passionate thinkers. While helping them become conscious members of society, teachers should also help them learn more about themselves, discovering who and what they want to be.”

Samantha’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Mathematics

Throughout school, I always excelled in math. But it wasn’t until high school when I saw the important and significant connections that existed in the math world. I was so fascinated by how everything just fit together like a beautiful puzzle. Understanding all the parts made for a wonderful solution. Because of this interest, I wanted to continue watching and facilitating others as they began to put this puzzle together.”  

Professional Experience

In addition to being a Knowles Fellow, Samantha is a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow.

Samantha began teaching at Cumberland County Technical Education Center during the 2017–2018 school year.

Volunteer Experience

Samantha and her family have fundraised and participated in the Walk to Defeat ALS with the ALS Association for more than 10 years. For the last six years, she served as team captain. Together they raised over $60,000 for ALS research and patient care.


Samantha enjoys exploring new places, being outdoors, and reading novels.

Academic Background

  • Rowan University (Master of Arts in STEM Education)
  • Iona College (Bachelor of Science in Mathematics)