TRIBUTE TO SAMANTHA NEFF; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 93
(Senate - June 06, 2018)

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                        TRIBUTE TO SAMANTHA NEFF

 Mr. RUBIO. Mr. President, today I am pleased to recognize 
Samantha Neff, the Seminole County Teacher of the Year from Idyllwilde 
Elementary School in Sanford, FL.
  Samantha's administrators say she brings enthusiasm and creative 
energy to her school. She is determined to help her colleagues become 
better math teachers in order to help their students feel confident 
tackling the sometimes difficult subject.
  Samantha joined the school this year and has already helped 
Idyllwilde teachers, particularly its 24 new ones, improve their 
lessons. She spends hours in classrooms, modeling lessons and observing 
their styles. According to her principal, Samantha is exemplary and is 
dedicated to contributing her time, energy, and resources into the 
school's students. Seventeen years into her career, Samantha still 
loves teaching and is eager to encourage her love of math.
  Samantha grew up in Seminole County and graduated from Lake Mary High 
School. She has spent her entire teaching career in the district, 
working as an elementary school teacher, then as a math coach whose job 
is to help other teachers become better math instructors. She is also 
an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida, her alma 
  I am grateful for the dedication Samantha has shown to her students 
throughout her teaching career. I express my best wishes to her and 
look forward to hearing of Samantha's continued success in the years