State Chairman:
Gil Hernandez


Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award 

Teacher of the Year Entry Form

Teacher of the Year Brochure

Teacher of the Year District Report Form

Teacher of the Year Score Sheet

This year instead of submitting a teacher from each grade level (Elementary, Middle School, and High School), a Post is authorized to submit a $75.00 donation to VAMS for each program area (VOD - $75.00, PP - $75.00, TOY Elementary - $75.00, TOY Middle School - $75.00, TOY High School - $75.00).  You must use this special link to receive credit - https://vfwprograms.formstack.com/forms/vfw_programs_donation

The VFW launched the Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award in 1999 to recognize classroom teachers for promoting citizenship education. Three teachers from each level (grades K-5, 6-8 & 9-12) are selected as national winners.  Each national award teacher winner receives the Past Commander-in-Chief John Smart Award and $1,000.

Their respective schools also receive a $1,000 award. They also receive a paid trip to a VFW national conference to receive their award. 

SPECIAL NOTE: Anyone may nominate a teacher except for the teacher himself or herself (or the teacher’s relative.)  While a school official may nominate a teacher, permission from a school or district is not required.   

Citizenship Teacher of the Year Awards

VFW wants to identify and recognize America’s best educators who instill a sense of national pride in students. The VFW offers cash awards, commemorative plaques and all expenses-paid trips to the nation’s capital for these worthy teachers. The trip will provide an opportunity for winners to exchange ideas. Teachers care deeply about America and its children. They’re concerned about the perpetuation of America’s noblest traditions and highest ideals. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. For example, do you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall or organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects. If you know of such a teacher, honor him or her today with the VFW’s National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.