VFW's Teacher of the Year

​"Heather McIntosh started teaching in the Jurupa Unified School District in the fall of 2000.  During her time at Rubidoux and Patriot High Schools she has taught all levels of English –from reading intervention to Advanced Placement.  She has been recognized as Patriot's Teacher of the Year and each year many seniors select her as one of our most inspirational teachers. During her tenure she has served as a WASC Coordinator, Academic Coach, Sophomore Class Advisor and CSF Advisor at the site level.

She has also served students and teachers district-wide as an Instructional Coach and in leading professional development to help secondary teachers support literacy development in all subjects.  She is responsible for bringing the National Honor Society to Jurupa.

In her spare time, Heather loves to travel (with New Zealand being one of her favorite destinations), read and complete projects for her new home.​" -Roberta Pace

Nomination – Nicolas Garcia

          I can think of no better teacher to nominate for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Award than Ms. Heather McIntosh from Patriot High School. I first stepped into Ms. McIntosh's classroom 5 years ago as a sophomore in her Pre-Advanced Placement English class, it didn't take more than a few days to realize I was being taught by one of the best teachers.

          From her innovative teaching techniques to her impressive understanding of how students' learn best, Ms. McIntosh makes a lasting impact on the life of every student she teaches. She goes above and beyond to ensure that each of her students succeeds both in her class and in the world after high school (whether it's college or the workforce, she is helping to shape responsible young citizens). She promotes students' awareness of our nation's democratic processes by applying the curriculum she teaches to current events affecting the country and world.

          Ms. McIntosh is not only an exceptional English teacher, she goes beyond the classroom to educate students about what it means to be young adults of high integrity, good citizenship and civic responsibility. As the advisor of Patriot's chapters of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and the National Honor Society (NHS), Ms. McIntosh showed students how to get involved in causes that benefit millions of Americans. From Cancer and Alzheimer's research fundraising events to helping wounded veterans or the impoverished, Ms. McIntosh has taught her students the power of giving back.

          For over a decade, Ms. McIntosh has demonstrated to her students inside and outside the classroom what it means to be an exceptional citizen. She takes the opportunity in her lessons to teach about true patriotism and what it means to have pride in our nation and the brave men and women who fight to protect our freedoms. Educators like Ms. McIntosh deserve to be recognized more often, which is why it is an honor for me to nominate her for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Award.

Background information on VFW Teacher of the year award.

Founded in 1899, the VFW highly supports the education of America's youth. VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary have developed a slate of programs dedicated to helping America's educators. VFW Citizenship Education programs stimulate interest in America's history, traditions, Americanism, civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism. VFW wants to identify and recognize America's best educators who instill a sense of national pride in students. It offers cash awards, commemorative plaques and all-expenses-paid trips to a national VFW and Ladies Auxiliary event for these worthy teachers. The trip provides an opportunity for winners to network with likeminded individuals. Teachers care deeply about America and its children. They're concerned about the perpetuation of America's noblest traditions and highest ideals. Wouldn't you like to see them get the honor they deserve? Now you can...

VFW annually recognizes the nation's top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America's history and traditions effectively. Teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism are prime candidates for this award. For example, do you know a teacher who plans field trips to city hall or organizes community volunteer projects? Maybe you know an instructor who invites veterans into the classroom to discuss their military experiences. Perhaps you are familiar with a teacher who fosters the development of democratic values and beliefs through special projects. If you know of such a teacher, honor him or her today with the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.