#FirstGenDocs Meet Sammie Marshall!

Samantha Marshall was the first in her entire extended family to graduate from college (except for her twin sister—they did it together). She ran track and cross country in undergrad, while completing a double major and graduating with a B.S.E. in mathematics. After teaching high school mathematics and computer science, she began a Ph.D. program at Vanderbilt University, to study teacher learning.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of mathematics education, justice, and teacher learning. Her work with Indigenous education has been published in Journal of Educational Foundations, practitioner-facing work has been published in Journal of Teacher Action Research, and work on mathematics is forthcoming in The Mathematics Enthusiast.

Meet Samantha (Sammie) Marshall!

#FirstGenDocs Meet Courtney Morris!

Born and Raised in Detroit, MI, it has been an obligation (for me) to break the #FirstGenDoc cycle for my family and for the surrounding communities. This road is selfless, as I strive to lead by example…demonstrating for my students that WE can engage in terminal intellectual academics.  It has been a challenging yet rewarding journey.”

Courtney is a First Year PhD Student in Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University.


#FirstGenDocs Meet Dr. Tiffany Montgomery!

“I’m the oldest of two girls born into a working class family. I went to college wanting to become a certified nurse midwife and was disappointed that I had no Black professors other than those in the African-American Studies department. That was all the encouragement I needed to change my career goal to nursing education. Since graduating with my BSN in 2005, I’ve earned my MSN, and PhD; I’m currently one discussion section away from completing my master’s thesis in health policy research.

I’m living my dream as a first-year Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Philadelphia metro-area and working to increase the recruitment and retention of diverse pre-license and graduate nursing students”.

Tiffany M. Montgomery, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Assistant Professor

#FirstGenDocs Meet Melyssa Minto!

Melyssa Minto has a B.S. in Math and a B.S. in Biology from Meredith College. She is a 2nd year student in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics program at Duke University. As a member of the West Lab, she is developing tools and analyses to investigate epigenomic changes over development and in response to drug treatment in the brain.  

“I am passionate about making education more accessible and increasing diversity in STEM and I plan to use my education and experience to create change”.


#FirstGenDocs Meet Angela Watts!

“I grew up in the mountains of rural East Tennessee. I am currently a second year PhD student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program (Higher Ed emphasis) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I also work full-time as the Assistant Director for Academic Programs at UT Health San Antonio. I am interested an assets-based research approach that identifies the systems of privilege and oppression impacting the educational experiences of first-generation graduate students from rural Southern Appalachia.”

Feel free to follow Angela Watts on Twitter @AngieWatts14!

Angela Watts