During the month of March Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 in Milford selected Dr. Natascha Ward as Teacher of the Year. The award recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. A fifth grade teacher at Mispillion Elementary, Dr. Ward has earned this title twice for her commitment to citizenship education topics.
“This award partly deals with government and social studies and Dr. Ward incorporates a lot of that understanding into her curriculum,” commented Mispillion Elementary Principal Susan Donahue. “It’s a passion of hers and it comes through in her teaching.”
Dr. Ward has been in Public Education for 21 years as seven of those years have been in Milford. Teaching general subjects to elementary students, Dr. Ward believes it is important to incorporate citizenship in all subjects throughout the day.
“We have a lot of citizenship in the curriculum,” said Dr. Ward. “The students need to know how important it is to be good stewards of society and I want them to be proud of who they are and their history on a local and national level.”
Two years ago, Dr. Ward coordinated the Take A Vet to school program at Mispillion Elementary. Take a Veteran to School Day is a national program developed by the History Channel to link veterans with students nationwide. Students were encouraged to invite veterans of all backgrounds to share their stories and receive thanks for their service. The event is aimed at providing a way for students to learn more about their history and what role veterans play in their community.
“Some kids at this age may not understand what a veteran is or what many of them still do for our country and communities,” said Dr. Ward.
Annual community outreach for the Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 includes being an active partner with the Milford School District. In addition to Take A Vet to school day, each year the post visits Milford High School in November in honor of the observance on Veterans Day. Partnering with the Department of Delaware Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Blue Hen VFW Post 6483 greets children with poppy flowers and explains the significance they hold for all Americans.