Promoting the Value of Family & Consumer Sciences Education Programs
About the Session
Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs in schools across the country provide classes in multiple content areas that teach essential knowledge and skills. During the session, presenters will share strategies, tips and best practices that they have used to promote the value of and garner support for Family and Consumer Sciences programs. Part of this session will specifically address the role of middle school programs, given this emphasis in Perkins V. There will also be time of facilitated conversation with the presenters and a chance for the audience to participate in Q & A period.
About the Presenter(s):
Heather Jones, CFCS, is the FCS Teacher and FCCLA Adviser at South County Middle School in Virginia. Her love for family and consumer sciences grew from her elementary and high school involvement in the Alabama 4-H and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organizations. Heather earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of North Alabama in 2002 and went on to receive her Master of Education degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Youth and Family Education with a focus on extension education and outreach in 2004. She is currently completing her Master of Education degree in Education Leadership (Administration and Supervision) from George Mason University. In 2011, Heather began teaching middle school family and consumer sciences with Fairfax County Public Schools as a career switcher after spending almost eight years working for not-for-profit organizations, including the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences and Appleseed Foundation, and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Heather is also actively involved in the Virginia Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (VAFCS), Virginia Association of Teachers of Family & Consumer Sciences (VATFACS), and Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (VACTE). Heather is the 2019 AAFCS National Teacher of the Year.
Robert Hand is the FCS Teacher and FCCLA Adviser at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, WA. He has an A.A. with a specialty in digital music production, a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Sociology, and a Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. He is currently teaching Careers in Education - Recruiting Washington Teachers, Beginning Leadership, Health, and Life After High School. Robert sits on the Washington State Stem Education Innovation Alliance and is a board member on the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board. He is also a trainer for Social and Emotional curricula with CharacterStrong and an independent keynote speaker. Robert is the 2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year.