English |  A native Oregonian, Samantha graduated from Concordia University-Portland with her Secondary Education: English Language Arts degree in 2015. She then jetted out to Seattle to teach middle school English and Religion in a parochial school on Mercer Island, WA, where she enjoyed learning with and from her students there… but she always wanted to get back to her “roots” in the Portland area! In the fall of 2019, she was thrilled to join the faculty and staff of VCMS. She loves nothing better than swapping stories with her students and colleagues about all sorts of the random, fascinating things that spangle a wholehearted human existence. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, dabbling with poetry and working on writing a few young adult novels, spoiling her cat, playing tabletop games with any friends and family who will submit to her obsession, and driving all over this beautiful state – rain, snow, or shine.