Hi, I teach mostly Culinary Arts classes as well as Personal Finance. I believe our classes teach life skills that our students will be able to use while in high school as well as in the future. The main reason I am a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher is due to the hands on curriculum that I learned from my FCS classes I took in high school. I am passionate about educating our students and hoping they choose a career in a FCS pathway.
I have my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Eastern Illinois University.
Ms. Alford’s Twitter Handle: @MsAlford_FCS
If you are interested in obtaining a career in the FCS area or if you are interested in checking out a class, make sure to sign up for a FCS class.
FCS Career Fact Sheet: http://www.aafcs.org/res/careers/FCS_Career_Fact_Sheet.pdf
FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FCS CLASSES
· Provides secondary and post-secondary students the opportunity to explore and prepare for careers in culinary, nutrition, dietetics, education, early childhood, fashion design, interior design, textiles, tourism and hospitality, food science, social services and many human services related careers.
· Provides students enrolled with skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary for promoting nutrition and wellness; strengthening the well-being of individuals and families; becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community and work settings; managing resources and finances; balancing personal, home, family and work lives; and preparing for successful life management, employment and career management; as, well as, critical and creative thinking skills to address problems.
· Gives enrolled student’s opportunities to earn college credit and/or certifications in Early Childhood, Culinary, Fashion Design, and Interior Design.
· Offers students opportunities in leadership roles, scholarships, and competition in FCCLA—Family, Career and Community Leaders of America student organization.
· Gives students an understanding of their world and a connection to their community with community service projects and real-life applications through work experience, internships and job placement, which allows them to explore careers and make informed career choices based on those experiences while completing high school.
· Engages students in hands-on learning that they will use for life – parenting, family relationships, communication skills, nutrition, fitness, food preparation, finances and management , fashion design, textiles, food science, and consumerism, to name a few.
· Gives students the opportunity to engage in skills that they will use daily for the rest of their lives and improve their quality of life.
· FCS is the only CTE department with the focus upon Human Services pathway that address essential needs of children and families.
· Builds 21st century and technical skills through alignment with career clusters: - Human Services - Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources - Education - Finance - Health Science - Hospitality & Tourism - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) - Architecture & Construction - Marketing, Sales and Services