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Memorable teacher impacts students

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10:19 am

There’s a lot of rich history here in the Northern Neck, including the story of a retired educator. This week, we honor a trailblazer Meta T. Sampson.

Meta came to Warsaw from Winchester in 1953 and taught in the Richmond County Public School system for 39 years.  She first taught at the former Richmond County High School where she taught Social Studies subjects, English and served as Guidance Counselor. Later, she taught U.S. History and U.S. Government at Rappahannock High School. Mrs. Sampson saw the good that was inherent in each student she taught and made an effort to have each one reach his or her fullest potential. During her long teaching career, Mrs. Sampson was actively involved in local, district, state and national educational organizations. She retired in 1992.

She was active in the community where she worked with educational, civic and social organizations.

Meta’s religion was and still is very important to her. As a member of Second Baptist Church, she has been and continues to be active. Over the years, she has held various offices in the church. She is attributed in writing and producing several of its plays that are usually performed every October.

She still stays in contact with many of her former students and takes great pleasure in hearing about their achievements. She feels that having had the opportunity to help mold the lives of so many young people has truly been a great blessing.

Born Meta Turner, she was married to Preston Sampson from 1956 until his death in 1998. Preston taught Business subjects for 40 years.

The community thanks you, Mrs. Sampson for the many contributions you have made here in the Northern Neck.  You made learning fun and you didn’t do this for the praise.  Instead, you taught because you wanted to make a significant difference – and you truly did.

Meta T. Sampson