Teacher of the Year
Shirley Harmon Helton, a fifth-grade teacher at Fairlawn Elementary School in Fort Pierce, Fl., has been named the 2014 winner at the elementary school level. At the middle school level, Jeff Gephart, an seventh- and eighth-grade history teacher at Holloman Middle School on Holloman Air Force Base in Almogordo, N.M., was named the 2014 winner. Tom Clark, a high school history teacher at Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind., was named the 2014 winner.
WHO SHOULD BE NOMINATED:
Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for the award.
If you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall, organizes community volunteer projects or invites local veterans to speak in class, anything to help students develop a better understanding of democratic values and beliefs, this award is for them
HOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION:
Step 1: In 350 words or less, describe why you feel your nominee is deserving of the award. Be sure to describe the teacher's innovative teaching and resource development methods, as well as his or her dedication to education.
Step 2: Complete the VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award nomination form.
Step 3: Submit the nomination form along with your explanation to your local VFW Post by November 1st.
Note: Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals. Nominations submitted by relatives or self are not eligible.
HOW THE CONTEST WORKS:
Based on the nominees submitted, VFW's local chapters - called Posts - will recognize one outstanding teacher in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts then submit their winning names to their District-level judging.
From there, the selected winners are forwarded to the Department-level (state-level). Once they are judged on a state level, the winners are passed along to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national awards contest.