Samantha focuses on policies related to alignment of K-12 education to postsecondary education and the workforce. Before coming to SCORE, Sam served as education policy adviser for Governor Bill Haslam. In 2017, she led the legislative effort to enact the Tennessee Reconnect Act, which allows nearly all Tennessee adults to attend a community or technical college tuition-free. Originally from Alabama, Sam has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and a master’s degree in education policy from Vanderbilt University. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching elementary school in Metro Nashville Public Schools.