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Todd Scheffers, vice president of sales and marketing for Goodheart-Willcox, (far left) and AAFCS 2013-14
President-Elect Beverly Card, CFCS, (far right) present Christy Wilson (middle) with the
AAFCS National Teacher of the Year Award during the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo.
Alexandria, Va. – July 17, 2014—Christy Cobb Wilson of Clover High School, Clover, S.C., received the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 2014 National Teacher of the Year award at the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Mo. The award was presented by a representative of Goodheart-Willcox, who sponsors the award, during the Opening General Session on June 26th.
Wilson’s award-winning program entitled, “Changing the World with FACS,” uses a variety of family and consumer sciences skills to address and improve the physical, emotional, social, and financial needs of the family unit. Students meet curriculum competencies by using extensive research skills, technology, and community service to expand their leadership skills and to help improve families within their communities. Local data, test scores, and personal testimonies have identified strong local improvements.
“I feel teaching students the value of community service is an essential element in teaching life skills,” said Wilson. “When students participate in creating their own projects that benefit the families in their community students gain a deeper connection of the impact that one leader can make.”
Competition for the AAFCS Teacher of the Year is intense according to Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS, executive director of AAFCS. “Wilson is one of thousands of teachers who develop and implement remarkably innovative education programs nationwide.”
Mrs. Wilson is a member of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1909, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership and support to FCS students and professionals across multiple practice settings. FCS professionals help individuals, families, and communities make informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members are elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators, researchers, and administrators; Cooperative Extension educators; and other professionals in business and industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government. With national headquarters based in Alexandria, Va., AAFCS has 52 affiliates located across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers. Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers. They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.
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