Associate Director of Teacher Education
Samantha Baruah has spent the past 11 years working with teachers, administrators, and policymakers promoting accessible and equitable public education at local, state, and national levels. Born in Vietnam, she immigrated to the United States as a political refugee and is proud to have become a naturalized citizen of the United States. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and her MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a two-time publicly elected school board member serving from 2008 – 2015. Baruah has also served on the United Way Community Impact Council and is an active member of several nonprofit and municipal organizations. Before taking the position of Associate Director for the Teacher Education Center, she has worked as the program manager for Michigan State University’s teacher education program. Prior to that, Baruah spent 2008-14 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where she helped launch and worked as the operations director for the Visual Field Reading Center with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. She currently serves on multiple UW–Madison committees, teaches The Wisconsin Experience seminar class, is involved in a number of local charities and is always looking for ways to more deeply engage with the Madison area community.