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Student Spotlight

Samantha ‘Sammie’ Leiter was born in Atlanta, GA in 2004. She is a true Georgia girl as well and attends Jacobs Ladder Neurodevelopmental School and Therapy Center in Buckhead.

Sammie suffered a non-traumatic brain injury at 2.5 weeks old, when a blood clot lodged unknowingly in her brain and caused significant damage. The doctor’s prognosis was bleak, but her parents never gave up hope. Sammie works hard, has an amazing support system of friends and family and a ‘don’t ever quit’ spirit. She rides horses weekly at Chastain Horse Park and paints as often as she can during the week. Sammie loves to bring happiness through her art and her personality. Sammie is also featured in the recent book launched in March 2017, called “Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves” by Kate T. Parker.

Sammie’s work can be found in many private collections, corporate collections and schools in Atlanta. Sammie works in any studio where she is invited. Sammie started painting with popular contemporary fine artist in Atlanta named Elizabeth Stockton. But, she is now painting at Heart Adaptive Arts with Lauren Merritt, who works with Sammie and started the organization to also have the pleasure of working with a few other JL students.

You can find out more about Heart Adaptive Arts at We are so proud of Sammie and all of her accomplishments!

One response to “Student Spotlight”

  1. Julia M. says:

    Proud to say I own one of Sammie’s beautiful pieces. She is truly a remarkable and talented young lady!

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