Local teacher named VFW ‘Middle School Teacher of the Year’

It’s not every day that someone is named the best in their field, but one local middle school teacher was.

Jessica Yarber is a fifth grade teacher at D’Iberville Middle School. She was named the VFW ‘Middle School Teacher of the Year’ for the state of Mississippi. This award recognizes teachers who promote civic responsibility and patriotism. “Winning this award has a little bit more meaning to me because my grandfathers are involved with the VFW. I grew up going to the VFW.”

Jessica was nominated by her school administrators for the award. Assistant Principal Sharon Cato said, “It was an easy decision and once we did make that decision I knew it would be very easy to write about her. VFW has very clear criteria for ‘teacher of the year’ and I knew I could write an outstanding essay for her.”

Next, Jessica will be representing Mississippi in the national VFW competition. “My grandfathers served in the military, they always taught me the importance of why we should honor the patriotism growing up and now I want to be a role model for my students.”

This is the first time a teacher from D’Iberville Middle School has come this far in the VFW Teacher of the Year competition and her students are very proud.

If Jessica wins the national competition, she will get $1,000 for her school. “Giving back to the school that helped guide me to where I am now, that’s what I do it for because it is my home.”

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