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VFW picks Lewellen as Teacher of the Year

BCHS instructor Emily Lewellen receives VFW Teacher of the Year award from VFW Post 6195 Commander Don Birden. Photo by Suzannah Couch, Brown County Democrat

BCHS history teacher Mrs. Emily Lewellen,  received the regional Veterans of Foreign Wars, or VFW, Teacher of the Year award. She will soon be competing on the National Level against teachers across the United States.

The VFW established the award to recognize teachers across the United States that focus on teaching Americanism and patriotism in the classroom. On the National level, three teachers- one from an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school- win this award every year. The VFW award winner’s school receives $1,000.00 and a plaque and the winning teacher receives $1,000.00  for classroom materials, and a plaque.

During the Veteran’s Day program in November of 2018, the VFW announced that  Mrs. Lewellen had received the regional award. Mrs. Lewellen submitted an application to compete on the National level along with two letters from her colleagues outlining her achievements as a teacher, an article from the Brown County Democrat as proof of teaching, and her resumé, Additionally, Mrs. Lewellen had to focus on Americanism and patriotism in her classroom. She stated, ” I like to focus on the human side of history and focus on veterans’ stories as much as I can and getting kids to understand what it was like living in that time.”

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, it was announced that Mrs. Lewellen had been accepted to compete on the National level. Superintendent, Dr. Laura Hammack, agreed with the choice. “This is a perfect selection, in my opinion. Mrs. Lewellen is always trying to make the experience of her classes really rich and she does many extra activities through History Club to National History Day.”

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