The Teacher of the Year award for the Department of Maryland was presented to Ashley Christy at the 99th State Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday, June 4, at the Princess Royale Hotel in Ocean City.

Christy, a teacher at Bohemia Manor High School, was nominated by VFW Post 7687 of Chesapeake City.

She not only won the award for Post 7687, but subsequently won the district’s award and finally the state of Maryland VFW award. She is now competing for the national VFW Teacher of the Year award.

Christy has taught social studies courses at her alma mater, Bohemia Manor High School, since 2004.

“Mrs. Christy is dedicated to teaching her students about the foundations of our government, its purposes, how it functions and the ways in which students can interact with their government,” wrote fellow Bo Manor social studies teacher Sean Yaniga in his recommendation letter for the award. “Mrs. Christy regularly integrates current events and topics into her lessons to make government relevant to each of her students.”

Christy also has invited a number of guest speakers to her classes over the years, including judges, veterans, law enforcement officers and other leaders. Annually, her ninth grade students complete a research project related to a political issue and present it in a debate format with their classmates.

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