Mrs. Katie Newcomb, M.Ed.
School Telephone: (440)593-7210 x 1141
School E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
No Child Left Behind:
NCLB Teacher Qualifications
What is Family and Consumer Sciences?
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) was born from what many of us grew up knowing as Home Economics. The name actually changed in the 1990's, however many schools were and still are having a difficult time making the change. Family and Consumer Science courses also look a lot different than they did as well. Instead of teaching sewing, cooking, and housekeeping, our standards now include: financial management, career development, nutrition, healthy habits, personal wellness, goal-setting, child development knowledge, parenting skills, stress management, developing positive peer relationships, and probably the most important thing is character development. So, as you can see, FCS is very different than what many of us remember as Home Ec. If you would like to learn more about Family and Consumer Science and/ or Vocational Education please visit the Ohio Department of Education Website: http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEPrimary.aspx?page=2&TopicRelationID=1754
Family and Consumer Sciences Department 2013-2014 Courses:
- Career Search 1 @*
- Healthy and Safe Food
- Healthy Living
- Child Development
- Managing Transitions*
@denotes requirement for graduation
*denotes financial literacy graduation requirement
About the Teacher:
I am a 2002 honors graduate of Fairview High School in Fairview Park, Ohio. While in high school I took many "Home Economics" courses and a course called "Learn-to-Teach" where seniors were allowed to act as interns/ student teachers in elementary schools in the school district. I also participated in Synchronized Swimming (treasurer 11th and secretary 12th), Marching Band (treasurer 12th), Concert Band, Pep Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Stagecrafters (student director 12th), and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD). I then attended Ashland University for my Bachelor of Science in Education where I majored in Secondary Family and Consumer Sciences Education: Work and Family Life and minored in Family Studies, graduating in May 2006. In addition to my course load, I also participated in and was historian and then president of AU's Family and Consumer Sciences Club, Eagle Educators, Secondary Education Association, and a variety of intramural sports (volleyball and softball). I also worked in AU's Bookstore and as an office assistant for the FCS department. I was hired by Conneaut Area City Schools in June 2006 and after completing my entry-year teaching requirements at Conneaut High School in 2007, I began my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Classroom Instruction through Ashland University, graduating in December 2008. Recently, I completed a professional development program for teaching Financial Literacy which I have currently been implementing within the Career Search 1 and Managing Transitions courses.
I grew-up in Fairview Park, Ohio where I lived with my Mom, Dad, and younger brother, Nathan. My mom is a teacher's aid within the Special Education department in Lakewood City Schools in Lakewood, Ohio. My Dad is an substation electrician for the Illuminating Company. My brother is a landscaper and the owner of Western Reserve Landcare, LLC. My family has always been very supportive of my decision to become a teacher and I am so thankful for that support now that I have achieved my career goal.
Currently, I live in Conneaut with my husband, Cris Newcomb, my daughter, Amelia, my dog, Daisy, and cats, Violet and Victor. My husband is an attorney in Conneaut and president of the Conneaut Area City Schools Board of Education. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband and daughter who help me get through the few stressful days at work every school year. They always bring a smile to my face at the end of the day!
In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my daughter, cooking, baking, crafting all sorts of projects, playing Just Dance, and attending CHS extra-curricular events! I also love anytime that I can spend with my friends and family!
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