VFW seeks nominees for teaching award

teacher with students

Bernadine Cotton’s third-grade class congratulates their teacher Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at a surprise recognition ceremony at Tombaugh Elementary School. Cotton was recently named a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and she will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8. She is one of only two awardees in New Mexico.(Photo: Paul Dahlgren/LCPS)

LAS CRUCES – The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6917 is accepting nominations for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award through Oct. 31.

Each year, the national award recognizes one elementary school teacher (K through fifth grade), one junior high teacher (sixth through eighth grade) and one high school teacher (ninth through 12th grade) who promotes civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism, and strives to help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs.

Teachers can be nominated for the award by fellow teachers, students, supervisors or other interested individuals. Each winning teacher will receive $1,000 for professional development, $1,000 for their school, two award plaques, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the VFW’s National Convention in July 2018.

All nominated teachers will first compete at the local VFW Post level, with the winners advancing to the District level. District winners will then go on compete at the state level, with state first-place winners advancing to the national competition.

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, according to a VFW news release.

For more information, visit www.vfw.org or call (575) 382-9703 or email to sraul7175@gmail.com.


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