The VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award recipients are selected from entries submitted to local VFW Posts in every state and overseas. The awards include the following items: • A national $1,000 Past National CIC John Smart award for 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 the VFW National Convention. Nominations must be submitted to a local VFW Post by Oct. 31. For additional information about our program please refer to our website at www.vfw.org/teacheroftheyear.

The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive:
 

  • A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.

  • A $1,000 award for his/her school.

  • Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.

  • An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award. 


Please review the rules and eligibility requirements and nominate a teacher you know by submitting the 2021 nomination form.

 

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Teacher of the Year

Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Program Each year three exceptional teachers are recognized by the VFW for their outstanding commitment to teach Americanism and patriotism to their students. The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach at least half of the school day in a classroom environment and promote America’s history, traditions and citizenship education effectively.