Welcome to Family & Consumer Science
Pope John Paul II says, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”
I started teaching Family and Consumer Sciences (it was Home Ec. then) at Genoa Central High School in the 1981-82 school year, and stayed until I retired in 2013. I substituted for Mrs. Brint while she was out on maternity leave and found that I still enjoyed it and I had missed the students. At the end of the school year, Mrs. Brint decided to focus on her photography business and chose not to return. After my three year vacation, it just seemed “meant to be” for me to return.
I believe in the importance of the family and home and think my classes can teach them life skills such as nutrition and food preparation, child development, interior design, money management, time management, clothing selection and care, and home management that can help them throughout their life. I often have students return to tell me that they were using skills that they learned in my class. My favorite story came from my son-in-law. He was serving as an Army Ranger, stationed in
Afghanistan, and that he was glad that he had learned how to operate a sewing machine. He said that he’d wait until the other guys had gone to bed and then he’d get out the sewing machine. I said, “You didn’t want them to know that you sewed?” He said “No! I didn’t care about that; I just didn’t want to have to sew up their stuff!”
I am sometimes asked if you have to go to college in order to teach Family and Consumer Sciences, and let me assure you that you do. You take the same basics as everyone else, plus 21 hours of science including chemistry and microbiology, and specialized classes in the FACS area. There is a shortage of FACS teachers; I would encourage anyone to pursue a degree in Family & Consumer Sciences
The club I sponsor is Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.