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Keeping FACS Alive: Teaching My Plate in North Carolina

promoting-facs-guideThis summer Learning ZoneXpress has been asking teachers how they are keeping FACS Alive in their classrooms and schools. We were thrilled with the response and are happy to share the stories. We would love to hear from you! Help us spread the awareness of FCS in the classroom today and share your story with us. Long live “Home Ec”!

Today’s story…

I teach FACS classes to high school students all year long. I teach Foods I, Food II , and Teen Living in NC. I have my BS degree in Food Marketing and Distribution I started my career in the food industry at my parents' Italian Restaurant and later as a Personal Chef.

I started teaching and love every minute with these students. I have 3 teenagers of my own who all hear me preach, “no chemicals, eat real food!” As a NC FACS teacher, I teach students to actually cook through food labs. From egg cookery, to quick breads, through yeast breads, meats, veggies, and fruits; we touch on it all. I teach them to read a recipe, to measure, cooking methods of all sorts.

They learn how to balance a meal for nutrition, and how to budget for it. We even use Choose My Plate and their guidelines. We teach them food affects their minds, mood, and health. Then they go home and cook for their families. I tell them on day 1, they may not all become chefs, but you will be cooking for yourselves & your families; be in control!

Alisha Hester

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