Worrel named VFW Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Worrel, the science department chair at St. Patrick Catholic High School, was recently awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year award. This is a prestigious award through the Veterans of Foreign Wars recognizes outstanding educators who create a sense of national pride in the classroom. Through a national awards program started in 1999, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary VFW have recognized teachers in grades K-12 for their promotion of citizenship education in their classrooms. Since its inception, the VFW has honored thousands of classroom teachers.

Teachers who are active in the community and create this opportunity for their students are great candidates for the award. Mrs. Worrel inhabits all of these characteristics as the award exhibits. Based on the nominees submitted, VFW’s local chapters—called Posts—recognize one outstanding teacher in grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  From there, the selected winners are forwarded to the state level.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars was founded in 1899 and has created a passion for America’s youth. There are many programs dedicated to this passion including the VFW’s Citizenship Education. This creates an education in American history and tradition. The main idea of the award is to recognize teachers who teach citizenship education.

Mrs. Worrel teaches AP chemistry, physics, and biomedical engineering and research at St. Patrick. She is also the science department chairperson and is the sponsor for robotics, National Science Honor Society, and science club.

Congratulations to Mrs. Worrel on her amazing achievements in the classroom and for procuring this award.

Story by Skye Ward