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.


Fellow teachers, supervisors, or any other interested individual may submit nominations.  Self-submitted nominations are not accepted.  


Nominating Individual

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)

           C.)         National Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Advancement Form (Post Teacher Entry Form)

           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 

must include National Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher 

AdvancementForm (Post Teacher Entry Form) This is to assure that all participating Posts 

receive credit’


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 

            Glass Apple


           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

586-747-2104                                      586-784-9914

hcroyle@vfwmi.org                          jmgalen@sbcglobal.net

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 _____________________________________________________________________________________________


Post/Auxiliary Chairman Section

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 ________________


 Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________


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) $__________


District/Auxiliary Chairman Section

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 ________________


Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________


Signature of Auxiliary Dist. President/Chairman ____________________ Dist. No._________________ Phone _________________


Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________


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.