R.J. Vial teacher receives VFW award

Karmann Samaha, fourth-grade teacher at R. J. Vial Elementary, was selected for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

Samaha was selected by her Principal Angelle Babin for being a mother of three sons who served in the U.S. military, but also for her pride in our country. She wants the same opportunities for all the students she teaches and is a valuable asset to R. J. Vial’s faculty.

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; a $1,000 award for his/her school; two award plaques one for the teacher, the other for his/her school, and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.

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