(SANFORD, Fla.) On Thursday, March 15th, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) named its 2019 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Samantha Neff of Idyllwilde Elementary! As part of this prestigious award, Mrs. Neff will receive a Teacher of the Year ring from Herff Jones; a Mousecar from Walt Disney World Resort – their version of the Oscar and a Disney Annual Pass for herself and each member of her immediate family; and $1,000 from the Foundation for SCPS. Plus, a year’s car lease courtesy of Carl Black Chevrolet/Buick/GMC. In addition, she will go on to represent Seminole County in the state Teacher of the Year competition.

Bio: Samantha Neff is a product of SCPS herself.  She began her teaching career with SCPS 17-years ago as a Kindergarten teacher.  Since then, she has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.  Currently, she serves as the Math Instructional Coach at Idyllwilde Elementary in Sanford, FL.  In addition, she teaches at UCF and facilitates math professional development across the country.

Special thanks to this year’s Presenting sponsor: CFE Federal Credit Union, our Golden Apple sponsors: The Walt Disney Company, Duke Energy, and our Red Apple sponsors: Carl Black Orlando, Cigna, CPH Engineers, Inc., IOA, SchenkelShultz Architecture / Matern Professional Engineering Services, Inc., Scholastic Book Fairs, Seminole State College of Florida, University of Central Florida (UCF), Valic, and Wharton-Smith, Inc. Our Table sponsors:  AXA Advisors, CBC of Central Florida, Central Florida Regional Hospital, Citizen’s Bank of Florida, Dede Schaffner, Florida Hospital Centra Care, Florida Power & Light, Homburger Jacobs Family, Mathnasium, Moore Stephens Lovelace PA, and UHC Vision.  Plus, our Media sponsors: Altamonte Wekiva Springs Life Magazine, Lake Mary Life Magazine, Leonard’s Photography, Oviedo-Winter Springs Life Magazine and our Master of Ceremonies, Bob Frier, Fox 35 Orlando News.

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Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools:

The Foundation is a direct support organization to Seminole County Public Schools that serves to fund innovation in learning that normally wouldn’t be paid for with public funds. Since inception, The Foundation has raised more than $20 million to help ensure that today’s students become tomorrow’s productive members of society. The Foundation funds and/or manages approximately 35 programs that align with our three priorities: 1.) Addressing issues that inhibit a student’s opportunity to receive a quality education; 2.)Programs that enhance the learning environment and improve student performance; and 3.) Professional education and acknowledgement to help sustain our high-performing and Premier National School District. For more information, visit: or call 407.320.0176.

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