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Professional Experience

Samantha has taught English and ESL in an outer-city urban setting for almost 10 years in NJ. She currently volunteers to teach adult ESL and computer literacy courses in Somerset and Union Counties. She has experience working with students with exceptionalities, and specializes in working with individuals with behavioral  and emotional issues. Samantha has received training from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and is an advocate for further representation and persistence of Latinx students in STEM careers and fields. Samantha is committed to providing learners with the best education possible, while tailoring instruction to fit their unique needs and learning preferences. She is devoted to continuing education for the benefit of children, their families, and the communities in which they live. 



Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stockton University in English Language and Composition. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2009. Samantha received a Master of Arts in English in 2011 from Stockton University, and pursued a Master of Arts degree at Monmouth University with endorsement in ESL. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013. She was bestowed the President's Award for scholastic excellence by Monmouth University's President Emeritus, Paul G. Gaffney in 2012.

  In 2013, she started her doctoral journey in PhD studies of curriculum and instruction at Rowan University.  In July 2018, she became a full-time doctoral candidate studying the field of Educational Technology Leadership at New Jersey City University. 

 She has recently ascertained the appropriate certifications for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 107 as a Remote Pilot for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). 


Areas of Interest

My intended doctoral research centers around the use of social media applications as a connectivism learning tool for the development of persistence behaviors in Latinx/Hispanic STEM students to overcome institutional barriers for degree completion. My prospective research utilizes the epistemological frameworks of Critical Race Theory and Connectivism Learning Theory.

My research passion emphasizes machine learning and AI applications. Using Hidden Markov Models and Bayes Theorem, I am investigating methodologies for integrating social-emotional learning for  adaptive AI in HRI. My particular area of emphasis is concerned with adaptive technological interfaces in the form of SEL robotics for the reduction of recidivism rates in the juvenile justice population, and avenues in which social robotics can be leveraged to facilitate therapeutic counseling with inmates afflicted with mental or behavioral illness. 

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