Janet Holden, Council Grove High School’s family and consumer sciences teacher, was recently awarded two honors within the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (KATFACS) organization.
Holden is in her third year teaching comprehensive family and consumer sciences (formerly called home economics) at Council Grove High School. She is a 2012 graduate of Kansas State University and lives near Allen with her husband Micah. She was awarded the KARFACS New Teacher of the Year Award and the National Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFACS) Pride Award.
The KATFACS New Teacher of the Year Award is given to a family and consumer sciences teacher who has taught at least two years and no more than six years. The applicants must show leadership in the school and in the community, and professionally at the local, district, state, and national levels. Mrs. Holden holds leadership positions in nearly every capacity and is admired within the community and the profession of family and consumer sciences.
She will be presented this award at the Kansas Association of Career and Technical Education (KACTE) Conference in July, and will be in the running against a representative New Teacher recipient from Agriculture and Business to receive the KACTE New Teacher of the Year Award at the conference.
The NATFACS Pride Award is given to a teacher who has shown immense professionalism in their social media and marketing efforts. Mrs. Holden is the Kansas representative for this award. She will be representing Kansas as a candidate for the national level award. This will take place in the summer of 2016. She has presented and been a model for several other Kansas FACS teachers in implementing social media in the classroom in positive ways.
In support of her applications for these two awards, many kind sentiments were shared on Mrs. Holden’s behalf. One student wrote, “Even though she’s only been in my life for two years, she’s grown to be my biggest idol.” Another student said, "She teaches real life, applicable lessons everyday…. I don’t even know if she realizes it, but she makes a positive difference every day.”
Mrs. Holden’s administrators shared, “She has shown maturity in the classroom beyond her years--an outstanding young educator.” Another wrote, “She is a remarkable young teacher who effectively promotes the ideals of family and consumer sciences.”
Photos by Abigail Kline and Amber Bacon; Editing by Paige Bomberger; Story from Council Grove Republican