Congratulations goes out to Mark Panuthos, who was selected by the Madeira Beach VFW Post 4256 as its Teacher of the Year, for the second consecutive year.
Mr. Panuthos, who teaches AP U.S. History, AP Microeconomics, Intro to Economics, and American Government, was also selected as the District Winner. The Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively.
“I am proud to receive the Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award from the VFW,” said Mr. Panuthos, who has taught at Farragut since 1996. “They provide so many wonderful programs for our veterans, America’s true heroes.”
Mr. Panuthos’ government and AP U.S. History classes partner with the VFW on several projects, including the Voice of Democracy Oral Essay contest and “Patriot’s Pen” essay competition. Panuthos also personally works with the VFW on the Veteran’s Legacy Project to produce historical videos of World War II and Korean War Veterans retelling their experiences in service. During the 2016-17 academic calendar, Panuthos’ classes will concentrate on producing videos on Vietnam veterans, and veterans from the First Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.