Dr. Larry Allums
Dallas Institute of Humanities
Samantha Bradley is the Cool Schools Coordinator for the Texas Trees Foundation, a private nonprofit focused on urban forestry, green infrastructure and sustainable design. Cool Schools, an on-going TTF initiative, connects students and teachers to nature by planting trees on the campus while also creating fun and engaging outdoor experiential learning areas. Schools located in “park deserts” are also designated as Cool Schools Community Parks, open to the public during non-school hours. These schools receive playground equipment, walking trails, benches, and other amenities for the community’s enjoyment.
Samantha is the primary liaison between the schools and the foundation, providing resources and curriculum to the school staff while also gathering input and feedback from the teachers and students the school year leading up to the ribbon cutting as well as supporting the staff the following school year to ensure maximum utilization of the new outdoor environment.
Ms. Bradley began her career in education working primarily in the areas of ESL and Bilingual Education. In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, she was an elementary Bilingual seminar instructor as well as a middle school and post-secondary ESL academic coordinator. Her favorite aspects of teaching were the experiential teaching activities and relationship-building with students and parents. Her vision to have a greater impact on the community, outside the four walls of her classroom, eventually pulled her away from traditional teaching.
After working primarily in the area of transportation research while attending graduate school, she found the intersection of many of her passions at the Texas Trees Foundation. She will graduate in May 2020 with her Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas-Arlington. Her passion to see communities empowered, connected, healthy, and educated drives her work professionally.