Samantha S. Vann

Doctoral Fellow


  • M.A., Longwood University, 2015
  • B.S., Longwood University, 2014

Samantha Vann is a second-year doctoral student in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education department at the University of Virginia. She completed her B.S. in Liberal Studies/Special Education and M.A. in Special Education, Curriculum, and Instruction at Longwood University. Before coming to UVA, she worked as a special educator at a public high school in Richmond metropolitan area for 6 years. She predominately worked with students who receive special education services under the disability classification of Emotional Disability as her school’s Positive Behavior Support teacher. Additionally, Samantha worked as a collaborative Geometry teacher and collaborative English 10 teacher. Currently, Samantha works with her advisor, Dr. Emily Solari, in the Reading and Academic Development Research (RADR) group as part of the Virginia Is for Leaders: Development of Experts in Evidence-based Literacy (DEEL) Practices for Students with Disabilities training grant. Her research focuses on students with and at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) who have difficulty reading. She is passionate about improving the post-secondary outcomes of students with EBD.