Emmett High teacher Molly Yates is the Idaho Veterans of Foreign Wars Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for 2018. Yates received her award Jan. 12 at the Idaho Department VFW Mid-Winter Convention at the Riverside in Boise.

Yates is the Social Studies Department Chair at Emmett High and teaches concurrent enrollment US history and psychology classes through Boise State University. She also coordinates the popular Veterans Day Program conducted annually at Emmett High as well as the National History Day Project. Yates also advises the Washington, D.C., bi-annual historic field trip and the Emmett High History Club.

“I am honored to be recognized for my work as well as the work of the entire Emmett High Social Studies department to educate and motivate students to become interested in civic responsibility and have an appreciation of our nation’s history especially for our country’s Veterans,” commented Yates.

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For her efforts, Yates will receive a $250 check and a crystal apple memorializing her win. Emmett High will receive a $100 check, as well. She will now compete at the national level with the winner to be announced in July at the VFW National Convention in Kansas City, Mo.

The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award.

For more information, contact IDVFW 4th District Commander Gordon Petrie, 208-365-8724

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