Each year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selects elementary, middle, and high school teachers to participate in the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher program. These certified/licensed elementary, junior high and high school teachers teach and promote America’s history, traditions and citizenship education effectively.

All current certified/licensed teachers in grades K-12 are eligible. Previous national VFW winners are ineligible. Nominations can be submitted by themselves, fellow teachers, supervisors, family members or other interested individuals.

Jessica Del Angel was awarded
VFW Post 9934 Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022
VFW District 2 Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022
VFW CA Dept Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022

Jessica Del Angel
Sponsored by VFW Post 3173
El Cerrito Middle School
Dept of CA – The annual Teacher of the Year award is given by the VFW to recognize the nation’s top certified/licensed educators who teach and promote America’s history, traditions, and
citizenship. Jessica hosts the “El Cerrito Middle School Salutes Our Veterans” event annually in
which students connect with local veterans to learn about their experiences. Jessica has also
implemented the Medal of Honor Character Development Program to teach courage,
commitment, integrity, sacrifice, citizenship, and patriotism to her students.

To submit your teacher:

Fill out the Teacher of the Year – Application Form

Read and follow the instructions in the Teachers of the Year – Rules & Regulations

Drop off your Package at your nearest VFW Post


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