Alumnus Canyon Samuel graduated in 2012 and went to the University of Texas at Arlington. While in high school Samuel played softball.
What have you done after high school?
“After graduating high school, I went to the University of Texas at Arlington,” Samuel said. “I was a full time student, but I also worked in the UTA Mathematics Department, was a private math tutor, and also painted art for a local music store in downtown Mansfield”
What made you want to do what you’re doing now?
“I am a teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary here in MISD and I decided I wanted to be a teacher after having two really awesome teachers at Legacy,” Samuel said. “Growing up, I never thought I’d have my own classroom or even be a teacher, but after having Mrs. Kamphaus and Coach Waugh as Geometry and Physics teachers, that changed. I had a passion for science, math, and learning.”
What did you learn or experience in high school that affected you in college and beyond?
“I learned the importance of education,” Samuel said. “It has affected me to this day even after college. I still use my free time to study things just because I love to learn.”
Explain your job now, what you’re doing, and different aspects of it:
“I am a second grade teacher at Charlotte Anderson Elementary,” Samuel said. “I teach all subjects. Being a teacher is a lot of work especially if you’re working with younger students, but at the end of the day it’s so rewarding when you see a student have their ‘ah ha!’ moment. There are so many aspects of the job. You have to teach students, not only the content, but also how to be citizens with good character. It’s a lot of fun to work with them and hear their stories. It is never a dull moment.”
What are your future plans?
“I plan to get my master’s degree in counseling. I’d like to be a high school counselor one day,” Samuel said.
What is your advice to current high school students?
“Be good to people,” Samuel said. “You never truly know how someone is feeling and when you go home at the end of the day, you sometimes never know what other people have to go home to. Sometimes it’s a lot, but sometimes it’s nothing and it’s important to always be kind.”