Enacted in 1999, the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award recognizes three exceptional teachers who demonstrate a passion for teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students.


The local VFW post 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. 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.

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.