Samantha Grgas with her dog
Samantha Grgas
Class of 2019
Merrick, NY

Childhood/Early Childhood Education... And puppies!

Looking to get involved on campus, Samantha Grgas attended the Student Organization Fair during her first year at Alfred University. Sam has been a lifelong animal lover, and when she spotted "Guiding Eyes," an organization which trains seeing-eye dogs for persons with vision impairment, she knew she had found her niche. She is already completing training for her second dog, an enthusiastic black lab named "Chet." Chet is well on his way to becoming a great seeing-eye dog.

I had a wonderful experience!
Samantha Grgas with Chet

Sam is majoring in Childhood Education, and when she began student teaching in the fall of 2018, she and her mentor teacher at Andover Central School agreed it would be a good experience for the children to meet Chet. The first graders loved Chet, and he fit right in.

While student teaching, she introduced ideas she had learned from her education classes at Alfred. Her mentor teacher valued the techniques and decided to keep them as part of her classroom even after Sam finishes. Sam plans on finding a teaching position somewhere between Alfred and her home on Long Island after she graduates this year.

My Life at Alfred and Beyond

Here are just some of the clubs, places and activities I love:

Samantha Grgas

My Hobbies & Interests

  • Working with Chet
  • Hiking with Chet
  • Photo sessions with Chet
  • All things Chet

My Favorite Places

  • Pine Hill Trails
  • Hornell Bowling Alley

My Topics

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Professional Development