Program and Curriculum Manager, Samantha Nagurny started with the foundation on November 29. She is originally from Fairfax, VA, but now lives in Towson. Growing up she played softball and basketball in community organizations. She was also a member of the marching band playing tuba through college marching at the Outback Bowl and SEC championship games, as well as playing at the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Sam graduated with her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee, and is graduating with her Masters in Agricultural Education from Virginia Tech next on December 16.
Sam comes to us from the world of informal education having worked as a 4-H Extension Agent in Fairfax, Virginia for the past 3.5 years. With 4-H, she led educational programming in a variety of subject areas ranging from shooting sports to raising bees, riding horses to growing vegetables, and even how to build an underwater robot. These programs were delivered through after school clubs, special interest workshops and events, and even an overnight summer camp.
Even though her educational background has agricultural roots, Sam has a true passion for making a difference in the youth around this country. As a product of positive youth development, she knows first-hand the lasting impact mentors and coaches have on preparing the youth of today to be the successful adults of tomorrow. Within the foundation, Sam will be serving as the Program and Curriculum Manager. She is working with the program team and is responsible for development of curricula. She will also manage the training portal, and will be working with tracking impact statistics for the programs.