Upon graduating with the Class of 2011 and running the Madison Marathon, Sam quickly moved to the Bay Area to begin his career in education as a corps member in Teach for America. He spent two years teaching high school chemistry at a small, urban charter school in Hayward, CA. In addition to making unprecedented academic growth with students (based on state exam results), he built deep relationships with the students and families in Hayward during his two years and continued to pursue his vision for educational equity.
Most recently, Sam accepted a position to join a founding team of educators at a brand-new high school in San Francisco: KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory. As he was a medical microbiology and immunology major at the UW, he was incredibly excited to return to his academic soulmate — biology! At KIPP SF College prep, Sam is building a rigorous, pre-AP biology curriculum for his 119 freshmen students, and he is also leading the innovation and technology efforts at his school: he has led the development of a blended-learning model in which students interact with digital content and online learning through their individual Chromebooks. Despite his demanding role as an educator and innovator, Sam finds time to stay connected with other Badgers through weekend hikes, football viewing parties, and any food-related events in the area.
At the UW, Sam was active as a tour guide with V.I.P., a volunteer at AFCH, a director on the Homecoming Committee, the co-president of Health Occupations Students of America, and a great friend of Bucky Badger. The campus itself and his time spent there, he says, is something that cannot and will not be replicated in any other part of his life.
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