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Publishing a book series and raising a family are just some of Sampson's life accomplishments

Caytlin Payne Sampson just published a book series with her mother and sister-in-law, titled Me+Math=Magic. The series includes illustrated books that teach beginning math concepts to children, as well as accompanying teacher resource books that help teachers integrate those math concepts into literacy, art, music, and P.E. Sampson said her role in the project was developing the teacher resource books, and that many of her ideas were influenced by her undergraduate studies at the McKay School.

“As an undergraduate, I learned how to search for innovative ideas and apply current educational research in the classroom,” Sampson said.

Sampson completed a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from BYU in 2007, with an emphasis in early childhood education. After she graduated, she began teaching fifth grade at Columbia Elementary in the Jordan School District. She then earned her math endorsement and completed her master’s in education. She returned to Columbia as a math specialist the year Columbia became a Title I school. Currently she works with a team of specialists and administrators to provide interventions for students and coaching for teachers.

“It has been an incredible journey, and we’ve only just begun,” Sampson says, referring to her school’s effort to work with the BYU–Public School Partnership to increase the math content knowledge and effective teaching practices of Columbia’s teachers.

Most significant, Sampson explains, was meeting and then marrying her husband, Chris, in 2008. As a package deal, Sampson says, she received an incredible nine-year-old step-daughter. Currently they live in West Jordan.

When there is time outside of work, Sampson says she loves to play piano and organ and to camp and hike with her family. She is still a huge Cougar football fan and says she spends every fall trying to convince her husband to trade in his Ute red for Cougar blue.

As for future plans, Sampson says she wants to stay in education her entire life, working in the public schools and eventually obtaining a doctoral degree to further explore elementary math education. “The opportunities I have had over the past few years have shaped my identity as an educator and have motivated me more than ever to make learning a lifetime pursuit.”

September 13, 2010