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 I have been a Family and Consumer Science teacher in Brainerd since 1996. Prior to that, I worked 13 years for the federally funded program called WIC (Womens, Infants, & Children)  as a Nutrition educator. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a BS in Home Economics Education and  I have a Master's in Education from Southwest State University.

I am married to Steve Wiltse (works in sales and is a hockey ref)  and have three adult children and 4 grandchildren. My home is complete with 4 dogs and 2 cats.

My hobbies include yard work, sewing, cooking, refinishing furniture, and more.
8th Grade Family and Consumer Science (FACS)
 
The 8th grade FACS class is a 12-week, 55 minute block course designed to acquaint students with a variety of topics which help develop independent life 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
  • Handsewing; seams, buttons, hems
  • Pattern layout
Sewing machine use (zippers, hems, construction of a project of 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.)  (9 days)
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships
  • Reasons to wait to get involved sexually (5 days with what was formerly called the NM ENABL program-Education Now and Babies Later)
  • Sexual Health (Sexually transmitted infections)
Food-Related Topics (4 1/2 weeks)
  • Safe food handling/food Borne Illness
  • Basic Cooking- Ingredients; their functions and how to measure correctly
  • Importance of fruits and vegetables, whole grain, and calcium (relating to the U.S. Food Guide Plate)
  • Basics of cooking eggs
  • Basics of microwave cooking
  • Labs will include: cookies, oatmeal pancakes & syrup, microwave apple crisp and potato boats, vegetable/meat stir fry (Yukamush), homemade Pizza & sauce, and omelets.