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Zell Receives Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12196 Teacher of the Year Award

Gerald Decker

VFW Post 12196 Commander Nate Pringle presented the 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year Award to Cedar Grove Middle School Teacher Ms. Zell in a ceremony at the school on Thursday, May 3, 2024. Commander Pringle made a short presentation about the VFW’s commitment to recognizing teachers for their work promoting Americanism in the classroom.

Ms. Zell has a BA in English Language and Literature and a Master of Education in Secondary Education and Teaching from the University of Mary Washington. The nominating letter stated that “she has been an outstanding leader in promoting her students and helping them develop their academic skills beyond the classroom.

Kaleigh Bennett, 8th grade, was also on hand to receive an award from Teen Scene for excellence in writing (Poetry) during the school year.

Pictured are (l-r) Commander Nate Pringle, Chris Mattiace, Kaleigh Bennett, Ms. Zell and Gerald Decker.

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Gerald Decker is a 4-year Navy veteran with four tours to Vietnam between 1968-1971. Gerald earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He worked for nine years as a U. S. Senate staffer after college and later as a Senior Manager for a small business lobby organization. Gerald also taught Political Science at the high school and college levels. He is a certified trainer in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Gerald founded Athens/Oconee Adult Baseball, Decker Diamonds, the Leland VFW Post 12196, and Teen Scene, Inc. In addition to his work with Teen Scene, Gerald is founder and Past Commander of the Leland VFW Post 12196. The Post was the Mayor's Choice of Citizen of the Year in 2020 and was ranked #5 in the nation for 2022-2023. Since 2020, Gerald has co-written two books. The first was about his good friend and WWII veteran Alex Moskowitz. The second was published by Teen Scene, Inc. in Oct. 2021, entitled "The Great Lockdown of 2020: An Anthology." Gerald is still married to his high school girlfriend (55 years) and has two children and three grandchildren. Following a 15-year hobby of playing catcher in a men’s adult fast-pitch baseball league, his hobbies now include heating pads, grandchildren, and genealogy. Teen Scene and VFW are not hobbies. They are passions.

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