American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Mary Carver

 Mary Beth Carver of Oklahoma Named AAFCS National Teacher of the Year

Alexandria, Va. – May 5, 2015—On Teacher Appreciation Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) announced that Mary Beth Carver, CFCS-HDFS, of Canadian Valley Technology Center, Chickasha, Oklahoma, will receive the AAFCS 2015 National Teacher of the Year award at the AAFCS 106th Annual Conference & Expo in Jacksonville, Florida. A representative of Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, who sponsors the award, will present the award during the Opening General Session on June 25th.

Carver earned the top AAFCS honor for her innovative family and consumer sciences program, "Sign On for Early Success." It focuses on teaching high school and adult students American Sign Language techniques for working with infants, toddlers, and preschool children in a childcare learning environment. Students learn basic signs for common words through eight modules embedded in the Early Care and Education curriculum. They have used their skills focus to prepare presentations for fellow students, communities, and Oklahoma legislators, as well as to achieve national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recognition.

"It is important to help students discover the 'science' behind early childhood development and education. Students join my class because they love children; my goal is they leave my class understanding how to be an effective parent, caregiver, and teacher," said Carver.

"Carver's unique program is a great example of how family and consumer sciences classes provide essential skills and applied learning opportunities that have a positive impact on children and families," said Carolyn W. Jackson, CFCS, chief executive officer of AAFCS. "These learning experiences prepare students for both careers and further education in early childhood education."

Mrs. Carver 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.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS

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