Meet our Principal


Meet our Principal Mr. Buechler:



Hello, my name is Keith Buechler, and it is a privilege to introduce myself as the Principal at Benjamin Franklin Elementary!  I am extremely grateful and excited for this opportunity and I genuinely look forward to getting to know you all as we embark on this learning journey together, embracing our students, staff and community in collaboration along the way. 

The 2021-2022 school year will be my 17th year as an educator, and I cherish the daily opportunity we have to prepare the future leaders, dreamers, and visionaries of tomorrow.  After growing up in the heart of the Yakima Valley, I attended Eastern Washington University and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education.  I spent my first year teaching at George McParland Elementary in central California before fulfilling a lifelong dream of settling in the greater Puget Sound area.  I have spent the past 13 years in the Sultan School District working in a variety of teaching and administrative contexts (earning a Master’s in Educational Leadership along the way), also serving as the proud Principal at Gold Bar Elementary.  During my time at GBE, we have found success by working with dogged determination to improve outcomes for all students by examining our practices, valuing rigor and differentiated learning experiences, and creating a supportive and thriving culture for learning.  I am thrilled to take this wonderful opportunity at Franklin Elementary and look forward to making new memories along the way.

Personally, my wife Amanda and my two daughters, Grace (13) and Lilian (10), are the light of my life and my daily motivation to be the best I can be.  We love to read, play games and sports together, spend time in the outdoors exploring our beautiful state, and traveling so that we can embrace new experiences.

It is a true honor to introduce myself to you all and I look forward to the work ahead!

Together in learning,

Keith Buechler