Samantha was born in Walnut Creek, CA and grew up in Contra Costa County. She is a 2003 graduate of Fortuna Union High School and a 2012 graduate from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development with Specialized Studies in Communication Disorders. Her interest in education and working with children with special needs began in 2009 when she worked as a one on one aide at PAL in Fortuna (Partners of Autism & Learning). She then went on to provide classroom support for the Resource Teacher at Fortuna Middle School. While a student at College of the Redwoods, Samantha worked as a preschool teacher at CR's Child Development Center before transferring to Humboldt State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Educational Counseling. Hired with the District in April of 2014, Samantha enjoys the relationships she is able to cultivate with the students and is the Club Advisor of AR's Dance Committee. Samantha lives in Fortuna with her husband Chris and their golden retriever, Winnie.