Christy Cobb Wilson, a teacher at Clover High School, recently accepted the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences 2014 National Teacher of the Year award.
The award, announced earlier this year, was presented at the organization’s 105th Annual Conference & Expo last month in St. Louis. It was presented by a representative of Goodheart-Willcox, which sponsors the award.
Wilson’s award-winning program, “Changing the World with FACS,” uses a variety of family and consumer-science skills to address and improve the physical, emotional, social and financial needs of the family unit.
Students meet curriculum competencies by using research skills, technology and community service to expand their leadership skills and help improve families in their communities. Local data, test scores and personal testimonies have identified strong local improvements.
“I feel teaching students the value of community service is an essential element in teaching life skills,” said Wilson. “When students participate in creating their own projects that benefit the families in their community, students gain a deeper connection of the impact that one leader can make.”
Competition for the AAFCS Teacher of the Year is intense, said Carolyn W. Jackson, AAFCS executive director.
“Wilson is one of thousands of teachers who develop and implement remarkably innovative education programs nationwide,” Jackson said.
Wilson is a member of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1909, the association provides leadership and support to students and professionals.