BY MELANIE WADE –
Mrs. Helen Buxton, Special Education English teacher at Cossatot River High School, was honored as the state’s VFW Teacher of the Year at a recent ceremony held in Little Rock. The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes 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 is eligble to be nominated for the award if their curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment.
Helen Buxton was nominated by the local VFW post, #4451, and moved on to win the district level, qualifying her for the state award. Mrs. Buxton was quite surprised to win locally, much less to win the district and state levels. Speaking of her own military family, she said, “We have served and believe in America and the VFW, DAV, and other veterans organizations. You guys do wonderful work.”
This is the first district Teacher of the Year winner from Polk County in nearly three decades and the first state winner ever.