Family consumer science teachers from around the state gather; name Newell-Fonda girl student of the year
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators from across Iowa participated in a two-day conference in Ames recently, co-sponsored by IAFCS Educators from Progress and the Iowa Department of Education. The theme, "Putting Our Stamp on the Future," promoted the conference purpose of providing information and experiences for improving the effectiveness of Iowa's Family and Consumer Sciences programs in Iowa schools.
The conference featured several speakers. Mason City's Dedra Stanton spoke at the opening session. Her presentation was titled, "Don't shoot skinny Rabbit." Stanton is a motivational speaker who speaks to audiences across the nation.
Mary Ann Adams, Family and Consumer Sciences Consultant for the Iowa State Department of Education, also addressed the conference with an energetic talk titled, "Champions! Challenges! and Celebrations!"
The luncheon speaker was Matthew Christopher Sabaski. He was raised in southeast Iowa, attended Iowa State University, and is currently a very successful bridal designer. Not only did he speak to the group, but also he brought gowns that were modeled in a style show during the event.
Interest sessions included topics of quilting, relationships, career exploration/preparation, family and consumer sciences program updates and new teaching ideas, nutrition, service learning, FCS school business enterprises and looking at the media and exploring its effects.
Fifteen round table presentations provided successful strategies and resources used by the FCS educators throughout Iowa.
The conference attendance was the largest it has been for several years with over 165 FCS teachers. Cyndy Brunner represented the Newell-Fonda and Albert City-Truesdale School Districts.
Beth Baughman, recent Newell-Fonda High School graduate, was awarded the first-ever Iowa Family and Consumer Education Program student of the year. She was honored in front of family and consumer science teachers from across the state. The criteria for the award was an outstanding high school or college student interested in family and consumer science education career.
The daughter of Dean and Dawn Baughman, Beth was nominated for this award by her Cyndy Bruner, family and consumer science teacher at N-F. Beth had Mrs. Bruner for a teacher for four years. It was she that influenced Beth to decide on a career as a family and consumer science teacher.
"She's the biggest reason why I made this decision, besides 4-H which I have been in for 10 years. She suggested, "you'd be good as a teacher.' I know how to sew, cook and I know about child development." Beth often helped in the classroom with the younger students.
Beth was "surprised" to learn of the honor and had a great time at the convention. She not only listened to Mary Ann Adams, Family and Consumer Sciences Consultant for the Iowa State Department of Education give an energetic talk but met her. She was thrilled with Beth's interest in the field and told her, "I can use your help!" Beth is equally as excited to work with Adams.
Beth plans are to attend Iowa State University and plans to eventually be a high-school teacher of family and consumer science teacher.
She will always have a special place for her own teacher. "She's a great teacher and has made learning fun. She always had a lot of hands-on things for us to do. I will definitely keep in contact with her. She's already offered to help me with my own career."