Leadership Stories

Samantha Engstler Wilson (BA ’11 & MAT ’12)

graduated with a Biology degree and went on to work as an English Conversation Teacher at a Japanese High School in Yamato, Japan. It was clear she had a talent for teaching when, in just her second year after graduation, she earned the position of Collaborative Learning Team Leader at her middle school in Fairfax, Virginia. She then moved to San Diego, California and taught middle school science. Her Mary Baldwin leadership skills made her a natural at serving as the Associated Student Body Advisor, running the school store, and hosting the first annual rummage sale for the school.

How did Samantha end up in Japan? In 2015 she moved to Atsugi, where she started working in banking. She has since returned to her true passion, teaching. She is also active in her community as a Daisy Scout Leader, Cookie Manager, Youth Softball Coach (with an undefeated team!), and Youth Cheerleading Coach for football and basketball.

“If it wasn’t for Mary Baldwin, I would have never gone into the science field,” she says. In fact, her experience at Mary Baldwin gave her the confidence boost she needed to be successful in her degree, career, and comfort living abroad. “In high school, even with woman teachers in the science classrooms, I never felt comfortable speaking up and asking questions. However, MBU allowed me to find my voice and find my passion in science. I learned so much about being a leader that I now feel more comfortable in front of a crowd and traveling in a different country. MBU inspired me to work with young girls to help them see that women can do anything if we work hard and never give up.”

Samantha is an incredible alum spreads the Mary Baldwin spirit of teaching and volunteering across the world!

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