VFW educator of the year


Last updated 2/14/2023 at Noon


Joan Warburg, center, was honored for her commitment to patriotism at Sisters Elementary School. Music teacher Ellie Barebieri (left) is also a key staff member in putting on patriotic programs. Warburg received the award from members of Sisters Veterans of Foreign Wars 8138 Jeff Mackey, Bill Anttila, and Pat Bowe.

Joan Warburg, principal of Sisters Elementary School, was this year’s recipient of the Sisters Branch of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post 8138 Educator of the Year award.

The award recognizes an instructor within the Sisters schools that shows dedication to support of patriotism at their school.

Commander Pat Bowe, Service Officer Bill Anttila, and Quartermaster Jeff Mackey presented the award to Joan Warburg last Thursday afternoon at Sisters Elementary School. They presented it over the intercom so the entire school could recognize their principal. Students and teachers lined the hallways and clapped in appreciation and excitement.

According to the letter presented to Warburg, “Joan has supported the placement of American flags by VFW in her classrooms and has recognized and honored Sisters’ veterans by educating the students at her school with her support of such events as the Veterans Day assembly and promoting patriotism in the school.”

Anttila read the letter over the intercom, and the rest of the team presented Warburg with an American flag pin and certificate of the award. Warburg has been passionate about placing American flags in every classroom and working with her team to put on a veterans assembly every year.

“I am truly honored, and it’s not just about me, it’s our entire team to honor our country and our veterans. The award is really for all of us,” said Warburg when accepting the award.


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