Sam is originally from Killington, Vermont, and moved to Colorado when she was four. She cares deeply about creating meaningful relationships with students, where students feel valued and supported. Sam believes that through engaging with culturally diverse literature, students have the ability to learn about their own identity as writers and strengthen their voice as members of the community. Completing her BA in English Literature and Secondary Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Sam went on to complete her MA in English Literature from Arizona State University. In her free time, Sam likes to cook, read, paint, and spend time outside with her cats, Fabio and Pine Tree.