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"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." I agree wholeheartedly that it is the dedication of a lifetime that defines true patriotism.  You all have given not only your time, dedication and effort, but—most importantly—your very being to the protection and advancement of this great country. You work tirelessly for the rights of the veterans who serve our country, while conducting the nation’s finest civic training to instill young future leaders with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to govern this country.


Teacher of the Year









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.  Include 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 February 15, 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 "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.

 Teacher of the Year Post Entry Form

Teacher of the Year Brochure


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 March 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 "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 15, 2012.  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 "District Teacher of the Year Award Report 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 NOT pass 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 February  15, 2017.


District:            Received no later than March      15, 2017.


State:               Received no later than March      30, 2017.




One winner only in each category (elementary, junior high, high school) will be awarded the following at our State Convention in June 2017.



Teacher of the year jacket

$150.00 in travel expenses



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.org 

for 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

hlcroyle@yahoo.com                         jmgalen@sbcglobal.net


            Jane Dady VFW Auxiliary Chairman

            953 North US 23

            East Tawas, MI. 48730


























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