Clive Learning Academy’s Emily Aller recognized as Teacher of the Year by VFW Post 8879
Emily Aller, a third-grade facilitator at Clive Learning Academy, has been recognized as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8879’s Teacher of the Year at the elementary level. An assembly honoring Aller was held Wednesday afternoon at the school.
Aller is a graduate of Iowa State University and has taught at Clive Learning Academy for three years.
“Being my third year of teaching, I really learned a lot from all of those who have inspired me that I have taught with, that I have worked with, so earning this and receiving this is just such a huge honor,” Aller said. “My grandfather is a veteran so it touches home. It’s a true honor.”
The award recognizes a community educator whose curriculum includes citizenship education topics. Local VFW Post 8879 in West Des Moines works with all public and private schools encouraging participation in annual contests.
Along with the recognition, Aller received a $500 check and will advance to the state-level contest.
“She goes above and beyond for her students,” Clive Learning Academy Director Janelle Green said of Aller. “Her students think of her as a very kind person, a very creative person who makes learning fun. She is very respectful and she follows the four pillars of character that we have here at Clive: Professional, respectful, caring, and being part of the community. “