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VFW Alaska High School Teacher of the Year Award | March 2024

Congratulations to Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Bradley Spilinek on receiving the VFW State of Alaska High School Teacher of the Year Award!

On Wednesday, March 6, North Pole High School held an award ceremony for Mr. Spilinek, who serves as the North Pole High JROTC Instructor and competed against all other Alaska VFW Post winners for this award. During the presentation, several JROTC students shared their appreciation for Mr. Spilinek and highlighted his dedication to the students and community.

In the past year, Mr. Spilinek’s students have logged over 1,250 hours of community service in various events supporting our community. Mr. Spilinek collaborates with local veteran organizations and local business leaders to bring veterans and community leaders into the classroom to share their unique perspective of service and citizenship. For the past ten years, Mr. Spilinek has demonstrated a genuine passion for developing his students into informed and responsible citizens.

About the Award

Each year, the VFW presents an elementary, middle and high school teacher with its Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award to recognize them for their outstanding commitment to teach and promote America's history, traditions and citizenship. 
All current certified/licensed teachers in grades K-12 who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. From planning field trips to city hall and organizing community volunteer projects, to inviting veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences and teachers who foster the development of democratic values and beliefs through unique projects.