FACS teacher receives national award

FACS teacher receives national award
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Faribault High School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher Kaylee Wiens was recently honored as the winner of the New Achiever Award by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

The award identifies and honors emerging family and consumer sciences professionals who have exhibited the potential to make significant contributions to the field. Wiens will be presented with a commemorative token at the AAFCS annual conference and expo in June in St. Louis.

In a congratulatory letter to Wiens, AAFCS President Cindy Miller said “In your relatively short FCS career history, you have already contributed so much, and we look forward to seeing your continued positive impact on the profession and association!”

Wiens was asked to complete a portfolio for the national New Achiever award after receiving the award from the Minnesota chapter last February. She was honored for her efforts to grow the FACS program in Faribault and for her work mentoring three student-teachers.

“This is such an honor to be recognized,” said Wiens. “Teaching is a second career for me… In order for me to follow my dream, my family had to sacrifice a lot for me to go back to school. I really felt a calling to go back to school to teach. It is nice to have some validation that I am in the right field and that what I am doing is making a difference.”

Wiens is in her fifth year teaching at Faribault High School. During that time, the FACS program has added a second teacher to accommodate increased student interest. Wiens has established a partnership between the Basic Foods class and the Newcomer program that provides students with mentorship opportunities. She has also added to the curriculum through grants from Rice County Public Health and helped establish the new Teacher Cadet Academy.

“I love working at the high school. We have such supportive administration and staff. I am thankful that they see the value in the family and consumer sciences program and are willing to invest in it as it has grown,” Wiens said. “I love being able to teach students about life skills. No matter what students end up doing in life, the FACS department teaches students skills that will be used throughout their lives.”

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