December 8, 2022 – Collinsville VFW Post #5691 named Dorris Intermediate School teacher Kristen Leech their Teacher of the Year for the 2022-23 school year at a ceremony held on December 7, 2022.
Nominations were sought from the CUSD 10 community in October 2022. Nominees were judged based on four categories: citizenship, innovation, resources and passion.
Alonzo “Skip” Skipper, VFW 5691 Post Commander and Teacher of the Year Committee Chair, said, “This Program recognizes teachers who care about America. VFW annually recognizes the Nation’s top classroom teachers who teach Citizenship Education topics regularly and who promote American history, traditions and institutions.”
Founded in 1899, the VFW highly supports the education of America’s youth. VFW and its Auxiliary have developed a slate of programs dedicated to helping America’s educators. VFW Citizenship Education programs stimulate interest in America’s history, traditions, Americanism, civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism.