Local teacher earns state VFW honors

By Fred M. Apgar | Feb 07, 2013
District 1 Commander Jim Traner congratulates Susan Newman for Washington State honors.

VFW Post #8870 has just been advised by the State of Washington VFW Headquarters that an Edmonds school teacher, Susan Newman, has been named as the state’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Newman, who is a 5th grade teacher at Oak Heights Elementary School had been nominated by her Principal, Susan Ardissono and sponsored by VFW Post #8870.

She was previously named District 1 Teacher of the Year, which qualified her for Washington State consideration.

Newman was selected for this honor from nominees submitted by local VFW Posts throughout the state.

She is being recognized for her on-going efforts to promote American history, traditions and its institutions, teach and reinforce citizenship education topics, and promote democratic values and beliefs.

Newman is the daughter of a retired Army officer, and it is her love for her country that has motivated her to promote responsible citizenship and to honor those who have made and are making sacrifices in defense of our nation.

Her passion for American history is evident in her classroom and the learning activities in which her students are engaged.

For the past 20 years, Newman has been the driving force behind the annual Veterans Day assemblies at Oak Heights.

These programs honor veterans as well as active duty personnel in the Oak Heights school-community and feature student participation in a variety of skits, plays, essays, poetry, and patriotic music.

She also spearheads letter writing campaigns to local VA hospitals and active duty personnel.

Newman has taught for over 40 years and is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.

Newman will be honored at the State of Washington VFW Mid-Winter Conference in Yakima on Jan. 19, and her name will be forwarded to National VFW where Susan will compete for national honors.

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