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This year’s KEEN Conference theme is Got Heart? Every great educator has a heart for students that encompasses a sincere desire for each child to grow and become a successful citizen.
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Samantha Neill

Buhler USD 313
2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year; 9-12 ELA Teacher
Buhler, KS
Sam Neill is the 2018 Kansas Teacher of the Year. She is currently teaching English Language Arts at Buhler High School, USD 313 - which has been her home for 16 years. Samantha believes teachers must reach the whole child both socially and emotionally - not just teach content. This belief transcends her classroom walls as she is a current foster-to-adopt mom, and an advocate for foster care and adoption within her community. As a teacher leader, she has redesigned reading in and writing in her classroom and department to better meet the needs of her students.