Teacher of the Year

Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award

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 classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics – at least half of the school day in a classroom environment – and promote America’s history, traditions and institutions effectively.
The Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award (Teacher of the Year) national winners will receive:

  • A $1,000 award to 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.

2021-2022 Application and Rules, Click link below 

2021 Teacher Entry Form (1) 2021 Teacher of the Year Rules and Eligibility