Camelle Kinney Named AAFCS 2018 Teacher of the Year Merit Finalist

By Ms. Gwynn Mason posted 05-08-2018 12:22 PM

Camelle Kinney
Alexandria, Va. – May 8, 2018 – On Teacher Appreciation Day, the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is officially announcing its AAFCS Teacher of the Award winners, including Camelle Kinney, department chair and family and consumer sciences (FCS) educator, North Star High School, Lincoln, Nebraska, who will be receiving the AAFCS 2018 Teacher of the Year Merit Finalist award.

“I am so proud to be an FCS teacher at North Star High School,” said Kinney. “I get the chance to work with some amazing students who make teaching fun, interesting, and a learning experience for all.”

Sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, the Teacher of the Year award recognizes exemplary teachers who utilize cutting-edge methods, techniques, and activities to provide stimulus and visibility to family and consumer sciences in elementary and secondary education. Kinney will be honored at the AAFCS 109th Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 25 during the Opening General Session.

Kinney’s award-winning family and consumer sciences program, "Using HyperDocuments, A Student Run Restaurant and Relationships to Get Students Career Ready," is incorporated into her one-semester advanced culinary class. By running the school’s restaurant, “Gator Gourmet Grill,” students develop technical and soft skills, including costing supplies and ingredients and preparing and serving meals.

Cutting-edge technology is used throughout Kinney’s culinary class. She creates HyperDocuments with links to videos, in-class demonstrations, articles, and other online materials to allow students to learn and relearn at their own pace. Kinney also teaches students how to use the Google software to prepare spreadsheets, forms, and letters, and each student creates a digital Chef Journal.

The impact of Kinney’s class goes beyond students learning how to run a restaurant. Students form connections with businesses and organizations in the community, discover related career paths, and are better prepared to work in the real world.

“Mrs. Kinney is not only a teacher but a respected leader in FCS education,” said Cynthia Baum, CTE curriculum specialist, Lincoln Public Schools. “She brings out the best in people that maximizes learning situations and sustains the energy to learn more.”

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

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
Sr. Director, Communications & Marketing, AAFCS