A wealth of experience makes Angela Steele-Sample an excellent choice for her new position as student support specialist at Rappahannock Community College’s off-campus site in King George. “My job allows me the opportunity to connect with diverse persons and assist them in various ways,” she says, adding that she strives “to ensure that RCC students have the tools they need to be successful and reach their goals.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in secondary education, and a master’s in business education, Steele-Sample started teaching high school computer and business education classes in the early nineties. In the years since then, she has served in multiple academic positions. Her accomplishments include writing a textbook called “Introduction to Typing” for elementary school students, and creating the first distance education program for the Gainesville campus of Fort Lauderdale’s City College.
Steele-Sample first became involved with RCC in 2009 as a dual enrollment instructor of several business courses, while she continued to teach at King George High School. She finds her present role to be very much in line with her own talents and inclinations: “It’s me being me.” She states, “I am here to engage with and assist our students during their matriculation at RCC, and I hope they will achieve the individual goals they have set for themselves.”
Describing herself as a “military brat,” Steele-Sample mentions growing up in Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, and Germany. Her residence in King George since July 2007 sets a record for the place she has lived longest. She is happily married to Nelson Sample, and “we are blessed with our son, Nathan. I embrace life!” she declares. “I enjoy laughing, reading, shopping, using technology, traveling, staying fit, watching movies, and spending time with my family and friends.” In addition, she is the holder of a second-degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.
Speaking of one of the events Steele-Sample has organized as part of her new responsibilities, RCC’s dean of dual enrollment, Canice Graziano, says, “I am very excited about the Health Fair event that Angela has planned for RCC’s King George Site. This is Angela’s first major event, and she has scheduled an impressive list of health representatives from the King George community, who will be available to talk to students and community members about how to incorporate healthy activities into their daily schedules.”
“Angela is a creative planner,” says King George site supervisor Karen Turner. “She has done an amazing job coordinating the Health, Fitness, and Safety Awareness Day. I applaud her commitment to the students and the King George community. Her dedication contributes to our success. Well done, Angela!”