Teacher of the Year

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. 

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.

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:

1. All Post-level nominees should provide a one-page resume as a minimum or up to five

pages as a maximum of documentation of their teaching experience (for example:

references, news articles, etc.) and a head-and-shoulder photo of themselves, if available.

These items will be forwarded on to the Department with the winning teacher entry form.


Teacher nomination entries must be received by the Oct. 31 deadline.

For more information please email us at KingGeorgeVFW@gmail.com, please ensure that you put Teacher of the Year in the subject line.