Teacher of the Year

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.
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.
Please review the new rules and eligibility requirements and complete the 2023-2024 entry form and brochure to nominate a teacher you know. Teacher nomination entries must be received at a local participating VFW Post by the Oct. 31 deadline.
The State Chairman is Fausto Tenen, Post 7731. He can be reached at teacher@georgiavfw.org.
State Awards are $200, and a citation for each of the three levels
  • Grades K – 5
  • Grades 6 – 8
  • Grades 9 – 12

The top State winners at each level will be invited to the State Awards Banquet at the Mid-Winter Conference in Macon on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Teachers who teach citizenship education topics, regularly teaching (at least half of the school day in a classroom environment), and promote America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.

Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors, other interested individuals as well as by the individual. Posts will recognize at least one outstanding teacher and may submit entries in all three grade levels. 
Please pay close attention to the requirements on the application.
  • Entry to Post by October 31
  • Post judging completed by November 15
  • Post updates to Program Dashboard by November 15
  • District Judging completed by December 1
  • District approves Post reports on Programs Dashboard by December 1
  • State Judging completed by December 31
  • State winners to National by January 15