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Introducing 2014 State Family and Consumer Education Teacher of the Year

get the facsCongrats to Jeanne Bymark! She has been named the 2014 State Family and Consumer Education Teacher of the Year. She was surprised by the announcement Monday, Aug. 26, during an all-faculty meeting for teacher in-service.

According to the Hibbing Daily Tribune...

Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher Jeanne Bymark was surprised with the announcement that she had been selected by the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences as the 2014 State FACS Teacher of the Year.

Hibbing High School Principal Mike Finco made the announcement.

“Being honored by your peers is an awesome honor, and we are so pleased to have Jeanne on our staff,” he said. “She is dedicated to her students and her profession, and will be an excellent representative from Minnesota at the national level.”

Bymark has taught FACS classes at the junior and senior high levels for more than 30 years, including 28 years in the Hibbing Public Schools.

She has also been an adviser for extracurricular clubs as well as served on district committees, the System Accountability Report Committee, chaired the Business Education Partnership Board for Career and Technical Education Course and has been a secondary Carl Perkins coordinator for 14 years.

As a teacher she has used hands-on experiences to adapt to a variety of learning styles. She has also involved her students with several community service projects for Habitat for Humanity, booster clubs, the Minnesota Workforce Center, the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce and The Salvation Army. Bymark initiated the Early Childhood Family Education Program in Hibbing and served as the parent educator for four years.

“Jeanne has been able to sustain the family and consumer science program in our community of Hibbing when so many others are putting it to rest,” Finco said. “She has taught FACS classes with vigor and with rigor, so her students have consistently given positive feedback. … We need professionals such as Jeanne who are out there in schools educating students effectively so that the fabric of our society is stronger.”

Bymark will be honored at the state FACS Conference in January and will be eligible for the National FACS Teacher of the Year Honors. She will be invited to the FACS National Conference next summer in St. Louis.

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