TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Veteran's of Foreign Affairs Idaho Department recognizes a local elementary teacher in Twin Falls and will be eligible for the National Teacher of the Year Award.
Benita Remaley, an elementary school teacher for Lincoln Elementary, received Idaho's Smart/Maher VFW National Citizen Education Teacher Award.
Every state has three winners, one for elementary, junior and high school teachers.
Remaley will be receiving her state award at the mid-winter awards banquet on Jan. 12, according to VFW member Tim Hinseth.
Hinseth said the program starts through the post level, going up to the district level and then the department level, which is the state.
Judges have a sheet for a point system on citizenship, innovation, resources and passion.
Remaley is now eligible for the national award which will be announced in late January to early February.
A VFW Teacher of the Year receive $1,000 award for professional development expenses, $1,000 award for the school, two award plaques, one for the school and one for the teacher and an all-expenses-paid trip to the attend the VFW conference.