Current certified/licensed teachers of grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 can be nominated by fellow teachers, students, family members, other interested individuals or nominate themselves. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism, and strive to help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs are prime candidates for the award. Nominations are to be turned in to your local VFW Post.
Nominated teachers compete at the local VFW Post level with the winners advancing to the state level competition by Jan. 1, with state first place winners advancing to National Headquarters by Feb. 1.
The VFW enacted the Teacher of the Year award contest in 1999 as a way to identify and recognize America’s best educators. The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top teachers who instill a sense of national pride in students by teaching citizenship education topics regularly and promoting America’s history and traditions effectively.
For more information contact our Department Chairman, Pat Tompkins.