Hello and welcome to my website! I am pleased and excited to share some of my work with you.
I have a background in accounting, teaching business classes at the high school level, and thirteen years of administrative experience in K-12 public schools, both central office and building experience. Three years ago, I changed careers to better express my concerns over the standardization of our schools in the United States. I wrote Out of the Dark: A Direction for Change in Education, co-edited Creating a Culture of Support for Teacher Leaders: A Vision for Change and Hope, and have contributed to several other books that you can view and order on this website.
I now work part-time at Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and University of Tampa, teaching graduate-level courses on grant writing, teacher leadership, and curriculum courses for aspiring administrators. I have just concluded a three-year commitment working as the co-investigator in a grant funded through the Ohio Department of Education to support teacher leadership.
I am available for consulting in the following areas:
Creating and supporting implementation of a plan for teacher leadership in your district
Working with your district (central office, building administrators and/or teachers) to create and implement courses, workshops, professional development activities that promote a collegial culture with district specific goals
Assisting your grants coordinator to allocate grant expenditures for district specific goals OR to locate specific grants to support curriculum goals
If you are seeking support for change in your district, I am available and I look forward to working with you to achieve your vision. Contact me at
In The Press
Calling all educators who are passionate about working as lead professionals for society's democratic ideals and values! Wendy Samford has written a book that serves as an inspirational model and guide for your professional aspirations. Her text provides the information you need to function as an insightful critic, collegial leader, and pedagogical artist.
James Henderson, Kent State University
"Out Of The Dark" is Wendy Samford's cri de coeur mediated by mindset. From her experiential and gut reaction that much is wrong with the present system-standardization, lack of proactive leadership-to her identification of renewal and a call to action, there is much in this book for leaders to take forward into their own situations.
Michael Fullan, University Of Toronto