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Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn’t be the great nation it is today.

Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions and the role of our

veterans in creating and shaping America.


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 at the National Level 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.  




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.




(For Teachers serving in schools outside of Loudoun County Virginia,

please click HERE to find a VFW Post near you!)


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 Loudoun County VFW

Post 1177 no later than 31 Oct 2017.   


Note: Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other

interested individuals. Nominations submitted by relatives or self are not eligible.   




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 (@15 Mar).


From there, the selected winners are forwarded to the Department-level (state-level) (@30 Mar).

Once they are judged at the state level, the winners are passed along to VFW National

Headquarters for consideration in the national awards contest.


Judging begins at the Post Level. Loudoun County VFW Post 1177 will select a

winner from Loudoun County to compete in this prestigious competition at the

District (Northern Va.) level and then that winner will move up to State then National!


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Loudoun County Applications must be received by October 31st, 2017.


Please mail completed application (We'll fill in the LOCAL POST INFO), and typed

nomination to:

VFW Post #1177


Attention: Teacher of the Year


401 Old Waterford Road


Leesburg, VA 20176-2120