WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF FCS
My name is Holly Willingham and I am a part of a four teacher family and consumer science team here at South Warren High School. My teaching career began in 2005, with my FCCLA career beginning in 1996. My educational achievements include obtaining my Master's at Western Kentucky University in Secondary Education with an emphasis in FCS. Also in 2010/2020 I passed the national boards assessment and was given the title of National Board Certified Teacher. I am passionate about my curriculum, and believe that students need FCS for a successful adult independent living experience after high school.
What is "FCS"?
It's not the old "Home Ec" anymore.... we are so much more! Family and Consumer Sciences is an academic discipline that combines aspects of social and natural science. FCS deals with the relationship between individuals, families, and communities, and the environment in which they live. The field represents many disciplines including consumer science, nutrition, food preparation, parenting, early childhood education, family economics and resource management, human development, interior design/textiles, apparel design, as well as other related subjects. Financial Fitness is a huge part of the FCS world now as many families are currently struggling with financial crisis’s. We want students to be financially savvy, function successfully independently, and manage life/career/family/relationships in a healthy and productive manner.
CURRENT CAREER PATHWAYS:
SWHS FCS offers five career pathways which are: Fashion and Interior Design, Culinary and Food Services, Fundamentals of Teaching, Consumer Services, Early Childhood Education. Some of these offer student-ran entrepreneurship opportunities with leadership positions in The Spartan Spoon (catering/food sales), The Pincushion (monogramming and t-shirts), the Spartan Academy (be a teacher leader for children grade K-6).
**Special Note - Some course names have changed. Life Skills is now called "FACS Essentials". Child Development has the new name of "Early Lifespan Development".**
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