TEACHER OF THE YEAR

SMART/MAHER VFW NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

TEACHER AWARD CITATIONS FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS AND THEIR SCHOOLS

(Nationally recognized. State sponsored)

Chairman:  Jesse Atkins  jlatkins83@gmail.com


Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects elementary, middle and high school

teachers to participate in the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher program. Effective this year, VFW Post Teacher Award Chairman may submit a candidate to their Department Headquarters by January 1 in each category. VFW’s Department Teacher winners that are received at National Headquarters will receive a VFW National citation for both the winning teacher and their school in each grade category received.


Who Is Eligible?


  1. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. For example, do you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall or organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects. If you know of such a teacher, honor him or her today with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award

  2. All current certified/licensed teachers in grades K-12 are eligible. Previous national winners are ineligible. Nominations can be submitted by themselves, fellow teachers, supervisors, family members or other interested individuals.

Documentation required for all Candidates:

All Post-level nominees should provide:

  • a one-page resume (minimum) or up to five pages (maximum) of documentation of their teaching experience

(for example: references, news articles, etc.)

  • a head-and-shoulder photo of themselves.

These items will be forwarded on to the Department with the winning Teacher Entry form.

Please review the new rules and eligibility requirements and, click here for the 2021 nomination form to nominate a teacher you know.