Sammie grew up in the endearingly eccentric city of Austin, Texas. She fell in love with the land of the pines as an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. Her studies took her to the UK, Chile, and Uganda, where she explored bioethics, traditional medicine, and maternal and child health outcomes, respectively. She graduated with a self-designed degree in Global Health Determinants, Behaviors, and Interventions. Sammie moved to Boston in 2015 to pursue her interests in global maternal and child health at Harvard Medical School.
Sammie began giving piano lessons to neighborhood children when she was 12 and has been drawn to teaching ever since. At Duke, she established a volunteer piano teaching program at Walltown Children’s Theatre—empowering underserved youth in Durham through performing arts education. She also served as a teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Global Health, where her role involved designing the course curriculum and working with students to create innovative global health interventions. As part of her fieldwork, Sammie taught English, science, and math classes to primary school children in Uganda. She has also tutored students in high-school math, physics, Spanish, and SAT/ACT prep. She derives joy in working together with her students, promoting growth by striving to understand each individual's strengths and weaknesses.
In finding balance, Sammie enjoys running (often in search of good BBQ), exploring the Boston area, and traveling. She is particularly fond of fruit, the Esplanade, and New England adventures.