For his unwavering patriotism and dedication to the goals of the VFW, Westhampton Beach High School social studies teacher Korey Williams has been named the VFW New York State Teacher of the Year.
Williams earned the honor after receiving a nomination from local VFW Post 5350. He is known for supporting the post’s annual Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy student essay contests and inviting post members to tell their stories to students every November.
Williams, who has been teaching in the Westhampton Beach School District for the past 24 years, said he is extremely honored by the recognition.
“He is well-deserving of this designation,” said high school Principal Dr. Christopher Herr.
In addition to teaching, Williams coaches the Westhampton Beach Middle School football team and the junior varsity boys tennis team. He is also a Navy veteran, a 20-year member of VFW Post 5350, a 24-year member of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, and sits as president of the trustees at the Westhampton Beach Presbyterian Church.
With the state recognition, Williams is now in the running to become the national VFW Teacher of the Year.