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Shalander Samuels Named January Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to January Holmes Scholar of the Month Shalander Samuels of the University of Central Florida!

With her passion for education, Samuels consistently advocates for student success and achievement, especially in the areas of reading and language arts. Her research interests include reading achievement gaps and teaching motivation methods in Title I schools.

With over 8 years of experience in a formal teaching capacity, Samuels has a reputation for the exciting and motivating atmosphere she created in her middle school classroom. She continues to bring this positivity to her graduate studies, building and maintaining relationships and empowering her colleagues and fellow scholars with unmatched encouragement. Samuels’ dynamic presence and passion indicate that her legacy in the field of education is likely to endure.

In addition to her teaching experiences, Samuels holds membership with several national organizations focused on education and reading efforts. Her accomplishments include being awarded the American Reading Forum Graduate Student Research Paper Award, and she has published several articles regarding reading and literacy. Samuels has presented at several education conferences, including a national event addressing the poverty and globalization of schooling. Finally, during the past year she has served as national secretary of the Holmes Scholars Council, where she keeps records of the organization’s most vital information and serves as an advocate for all Holmes members.

The field of education is lucky to have a star like Shalander Samuels!

To nominate a Holmes Scholar for the Scholar of the Month award, please use this online form.

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Whitney Watkins

Holmes Scholars Council President, 2015-2017