Waldport High School Language Arts Teacher, Alexandra Browne, won the 2017 VFW Teacher of the Year award. Ms. Browne is active as the Waldport High School Leadership Students advisor, Annual Advisor and Student Council Advisor. She has been a teacher since 2012 when she was hired as a first year teacher. According to the Veterans of Foreign War, this award was created with this in mind, “Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn’t be the great nation it is today. Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions and the role of our veterans in creating and shaping America.” The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students.
Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment — can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive: • A $1,000 award for professional development expenses. • A $1,000 award for his/her school. • Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school. • An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.