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I have been a Family and Consumer teacher in the Brainerd District for twelve years. Currently, I teach FACS 8 at Forestview Middle School.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus and have taught in three school districts in Minnesota.

My hobbies include: quilting, knitting, baking and spending time with family and friends in my free time. 

Class Requirements:
  • Pocket Folder
  • Pen or pencil 

Sewing Projects: 

Students will be able to choose from a variety of sewing projects. The kits include everything needed to complete the project. Checks for projects should be made out to: ISD 181

8th Grade Family and Consumer Science (FACS)

The 8th grade FACS class is a 12-week, 55 minute course designed to acquaint students with a variety of topics which help develop independent living skills. The areas of focus along with approximate time frames are listed below.

Clothing, Fibers and Care, Sewing (5 weeks)

  • Fiber sources, characteristics and care (laundry).
  • Basic stain removal technique.
  • Hand sewing- seams, buttons, hems.
  • Pattern layout.
  • Sewing machine use- threading and safe operation.
  • Project onstruction- zipper, webbing, seam finishes and completion of project ofthe student's choice.

Child Development Topics (3 days)
  • Drugs, alcohol, and smoking effects on pregnancy
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome

Postponing Sexual Involvement (P.S.I.) (9days)
  • Healthy vs Unhealthy  Relationships
  • Reasons to wait to get involved sexually
  • Sexual Health (Sexually Transmitted Infections based on CDC)

Food-Related Topics (4 1/2 weeks)

  • Safe food handling/ food borne illness
  • Basic Cooking- ingredients and their functions, how to measure, and kitchen equipment identification/use.
  • Importance of fruits and vegetables, whole grain and calcium (relating to the MyPlate Guidelines)
  • Basics of egg cooking
  • Basics of microwave cooking
  • Labs will include: cookies, oatmeal pancakes and syrup, microwave apple crisp and potato boats, smoothie, vegetables/meat stir fry (Yukamush), homemade pizza and sauce,and omelets.