Three Pella Middle School students and two teachers from the district received recognition from VFW Post 5242 Wednesday.

Pella Middle School Social Studies teacher Kristin Schulz was named Iowa VFW Teacher of the Year in 2019-20. Schulz leads the middle school student council and in her class, students raise funds throughout the year for various non-profit organizations. She was presented with the VFW Crystal Apple Award by Russell Saffell, the past Iowa State VFW commander.


Pella High School Teacher Bryant Hancock received local recognition from Russ Bossard as Pella’s VFW teacher of the year.


Pella Middle School Students Sarabeth Decious, Lizzie Neumann, and Hunter Haynes were selected as first, second, and third place winners in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Each year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest nationally.

Hear more about those recognized by the VFW on today’s Let’s Talk Pella.