Samantha Chase

Samantha Chase is math major turned elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom extraordinaire. She spent three years studying mathematics at the University of Southern Florida before deciding it was time to make a change. She switched her major to Elementary Education and became a teacher. After graduation, Samantha spent 6 years (and a lot of sleepless nights) working in a high poverty school in the heart of St.Petersburg, Florida. She taught the first, fourth and fifth grades and learned a lot about reaching tough kids through love and high expectations. Once becoming a mother, Samantha traded in her classroom days for time at home with her daughter. She now stays busy trying to keep up with (and clean up after) her thirteen month old daughter, eighty pound dog and thirty-five year old husband. Nap times are spent crafting, writing and drinking endless cups of coffee.

Samantha Chase is math major turned elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom extraordinaire. She spent three years studying mathematics at the University of Southern Florida before deciding it was time to make a change. She switched her major to Elementary Education and became a teacher. After graduation, Samantha spent 6 years (and a lot of sleepless nights) working in a high poverty school in the heart of St.Petersburg, Florida. She taught the first, fourth and fifth grades and learned a lot about reaching tough kids through love and high expectations. Once becoming a mother, Samantha traded in her classroom days for time at home with her daughter. She now stays busy trying to keep up with (and clean up after) her thirteen month old daughter, eighty pound dog and thirty-five year old husband. Nap times are spent crafting, writing and drinking endless cups of coffee.

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