2017-2018 TEACHER OF THE YEAR PROGRAM
The VFW will recognize and honor the top Elementary (K-5), Junior High (6-8), and High School (9-12) teacher of the year, who teaches citizenship and education topics, and promotes America’s history, traditions, and institutions. Attributes considered will be the scope of the teaching on both the students and the community.
WHO CAN SUBMIT
Fellow teachers, supervisors, or any other interested individual may submit nominations. Self-submitted nominations are not accepted.
HOW TO SUBMIT
Nominating individual must submit the nominated teacher’s name on the completed VFW Teacher Nomination Form. Included with the form a 350 word or less description of why the nominee should be selected. Describe the teacher’s innovative teaching and resource development methods, as well as his/her dedication to teaching. Submit these to the local VFW Post no later than October 31, 2017.
Post Commander/Chairman will complete the application by ensuring that the following items are included. This is a must list (without all six items, the application will be considered incomplete, and will not be judged).
A.) Original "VFW Teacher Nomination Form”
B.) Description of teacher’s methods/accomplishments(350 words or less)
D.) One page resume (may use both sides)
E.) Do Not Exceed five 8 ½ x 11 pages of documentation.
F.) Good quality head and shoulder photograph. wallet size.
NOTE to Post Commanders/Chairmen: The above items must be included exactly as stated or your entry may be returned or even disqualified at the District level.
Only one nominee will be selected from each of the three categories. Selected applications must be forwarded to District to arrive no later than November 15, 2017.
District will then judge and select only one nominee in each of the three categories.
District Commander/Chairman will complete the District portion of the "National
Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Advancement Form
(Post Teacher Entry Form)Selected entries will be forwarded directly to the Department
Chairman. Deadline for receipt of District entries to the Department Chairman is
December 7, 2017. Applications must include all of the above items. Only entries from the
District Commander or District Chairman will be accepted at the Department level. District
AdvancementForm (Post Teacher Entry Form) This is to assure that all participating Posts
NOTE to District Chairman: It is your responsibility to ensure that Posts have included all six items described above and that they are as specified. If you do not receive the proper documents from Posts, send them back to the Post for correction. Do NOTpass them on to Department.
It is also your responsibility to ensure the District Teacher of the Year Award Report Form is filled out properly and submitted to Department. If the above requirements are not met it could result in the disqualification of your Districts entry.
Post: Received no later than October 31, 2017.
District: Received no later than November 15, 2017.
State: Received no later than December 7, 2017.
One winner only in each category (elementary, junior high, high school) will be awarded the following at our Mid-Winter Conference
Teacher of the year Jacket
$500.00 Award Check.
Five (5) points will be awarded in the All-State program for each category if a Post sponsors or co-sponsors a teacher for judging. The District Chairpersons must report all Posts that submitted entries to the Department Director.
See reports & forms page on the department website at www.vfwmi.orgfor documents on this program.
Harry "Les” Croyle, Director James M. Galen, Assistant Director
30086 Trailwood Drive 76200 North Ave.
Warren, Michigan 48092 Armada, Michigan
Kathy Hubbard VFW Auxiliary Chairman
108 Schorn Drive
Lake Orion, MI. 48362
Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Advancement Form (Post Teacher Entry Form)
(Attach to original Post entry documentation for each teacher nominated.)
Nominee’s Full Name_________________________________________________________________________________________
Street _____________________________________ City _______________________ State _____________ Zip_____________
Home Phone ____________________________ Grade level ❍ K-5 ❍ 6-8 ❍ 9-12
Name of School______________________________________________________ School’s Phone __________________________
School Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________
I certify that the teacher named above is the duly selected Post winner of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award Program in his/her grade level category and is our Post’s authorized entry into the District finals.
Signature of Post Commander/Chairman ____________________________ VFW Post No. ___________ Phone________________
Post Address ______________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature of Auxiliary President/Chairman ________________________ Auxiliary No.________ Phone ________________
Total number of teacher nominations for all categories _______ Total dollar amount spent by Post/Auxiliary for awards for all categories and other (citations, gifts, medals, banquet) $__________
I certify that the teacher named above is the duly selected District winner of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award in his/her grade level category and is our District’s entry into the Department finals.
Signature of Dist. Commander/Chairman __________________________ Dist. No._________________ Phone ________________
Signature of Auxiliary Dist. President/Chairman ____________________ Dist. No._________________ Phone _________________
List all Posts participating in program_____________________________________________________________________________
Total dollar amount spent by Posts/Auxiliaries for awards for all categories and other (citations, gifts, medals, banquet) $ __________
VFW Department Commander/Chairman Section
I certify that the teacher listed above is the duly selected winner of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award in our Department in his/her grade level and is our official entry into the National judging. This winner will be/was notified that they are the first place state winner in their grade level on the following date: ___________________________
Signature of Dept. Commander/Chairman ________________________________________________ Phone __________________
Note: Be sure this form is entirely completed before sending to National Headquarters with your state winner’s original nomination form, essay, one page resume, up to five pages of documentation and a good quality head and shoulders photograph. Remember this form is due back to VFW National Headquarters Programs Department by January 15th. Mail to: VFW PROGRAMS, VFW NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, 406 W. 34TH ST., KANSAS CITY, MO 64111.