Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Bachelors Degree in Child and Family Psychology
Masters Degree in Adaptive Special Education
Licensed as Highly Qualified PreK-6 classroom teacher, PreK-12 Special Education, and English as Second Language Teacher
2011 Novice Teacher of the Year-Lawrence Public Schools
2016 MLK Award
Mrs. Samantha Saltz: 1st Grade Teacher
I have been working at New York Elementary since the 2010-2011 school year. I have loved every second of it and I am so excited for what is to come. I have been teaching as a Blended Learning
teacher since 2012. Before working in Lawrence I taught in Germany for a summer and Portland Public Schools. As a teacher my biggest passion is enrichment. I believe students of all ability levels benefit with engaging, challenging and supportive environments. After school I aslo help facilitate Garden Club and Student Leaders Club.
When I am not at school planning or teaching I like to drink tea, watch films and play with my dog :) My husband, Zach, and I moved here in 2010 to pursue my Masters in Special Education and his PhD in Film and Media Studies at KU. He is currently teaching at KU and Lawrence High School in both Film Programs.
I communicate in a variety of different ways with families so please follow as many venues as you have access to. Here is the link to the Facebook 1st Grade Families Page
Please feel free to contact me any time, building a partnership with each family is a very high priority for me:)