Dr. Samantha M. Alperin, Professor, is the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education in the Department of Education. Originally from New York, she and her family moved to Atlanta, GA, when she was a teenager. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she pursued a master's and doctorate at the University of Memphis in Curriculum and Instruction. Although she's a huge Bucs fan, she says, "My blood still runs orange and white on game day — Go Vols!" Her main interests are special education, reading and language arts, and 'teaching without the text.' She has been married to her husband Lon for 29 years. and they have two amazing children: Parker, a Mechanical Engineer in Nashville, and Leeya, a rising junior at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Alperin believes, as Nelson Mandela once stated, that "education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world."