Tenino High School teacher named Washington State VFW Teacher of the Year


Tenino High School agriculture teacher Geraldine Maxfield has been named Teacher of the Year by Washington State Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Maxfield has spent her entire teaching career in the Tenino School District, spanning three decades, according to the Tenino School District. She has built an award-winning National FFA program, including the construction of multiple greenhouses, an FFA Community Garden, and an annual plant sale that brings in visitors from around the Northwest.

“Geraldine has positively impacted countless students throughout her career and is proud to call Tenino her home,” the Tenino School District stated in a news release.

Maxfield and her students have also hosted the annual Veterans Day brunch and assembly for years to honor local veterans.

When asked about the brunch and assembly, Maxfield said, "Our veterans have done so much for all of us. It is the least we can do to show our appreciation and support. Putting our veterans and our high school students together sitting around a table sharing a meal is so powerful. Stories shared by our veterans provide opportunities for our students to get a much needed perspective of our history. The whole idea behind this event is to preserve memories and establish bonds that will have an impact on both the veterans and the students."

Maxfield will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the VFW National Convention in Washington, D.C., this summer.

For more information about the Washington State VFW, visit vfwwa.org.