year three exceptional teachers are recognized by the Veterans of
Foreign Wars (VFW) for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism
and patriotism to their students. The VFW annually recognizes the
nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers
who teach citizenship education topics—at least half of the school day
in a classroom environment—and promote America’s history, traditions and
The VFW’s National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards (Teacher of the Year) include the following items:
- $1,000 award to the top K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade teachers for professional development expenses.
- $1,000 award for each winning teacher’s school.
- Plaques for both the winning teacher and school.
- An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference and receive their award.
WHO SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for the award.
If you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall, organizes
community volunteer projects or invites local veterans to speak in
class, anything to help students develop a better understanding of
democratic values and beliefs, this award is for them.
HOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION:
NOMINATION SUBMITTED TO POST BY OCTOBER 31
Step 1: In 350 words or less, describe why you feel your nominee is
deserving of the award. Be sure to describe the teacher’s innovative
teaching and resource development methods, as well as his or her
dedication to education.
Step 2: Complete the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award nomination form.
Step 3: Submit the nomination form along with your explanation to your local VFW Post by October 31st.
HOW THE CONTEST WORKS:
Based on the nominees submitted, VFW’s local Posts – will recognize one
outstanding teacher in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts then submit the
winning names to the District-level judging. From there, the selected
winners are forwarded to the Department-level (state-level). once they
are judged on the state level, the winners are passed along to VFW
National Headquarters for consideration in the national awards contest.
We recognize our Post level winning teachers at our annual Loyalty Day event each year.
National Teacher of the Year link
Teacher of The Year Packet