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June 24, 2016
Rhonda Naylor  
Rhonda Naylor, social studies teacher at STARS Accelerated High School, was honored by Granbury ISD school board trustees on June 20, 2016.  Naylor was recognized for a top educator award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
VFW Post 7835 post recently presented Naylor with the National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award.  The STARS teacher was also named the state winner of the VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Program for the 2015-16 school year.  Naylor was honored at the organization’s 96th Annual State Convention on June 17 in Dallas.
Naylor spearheaded a project for STARS students to record oral history interviews of local armed services veterans.  The interviews are being prepared for the Veterans History Project, a part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  Students also earn a half credit in digital arts toward their high school graduation plan.  The project was funded through a grant from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation.
The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high, and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics—for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment—can be nominated for the award.
Pictured above is Naylor (center) at the school board meeting STARS principal Ginna Marks (left) and VFW member Jim Trimble.