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Family & Consumer Sciences

About Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Vision Statement: Family and Consumer Science programs stimulate students to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. Our unique focus is on families, work and their interrelationships. 

Family and Consumer Sciences Mission Statement: The mission of Family and Consumer Science education is to prepare students for family life, work life and careers in Family and Consumer Science by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed for: 

  • Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan
  • Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community and work settings 
  • Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness across the lifespan
  • Managing resources to meet the material needs of individuals and families
  • Balancing personal, home, family and work lives 
  • Using critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse family, community and work environments 
  • Successful life management, employment and career development 
  • Functioning effectively as providers and consumers of goods and service
  • Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility

Classes we offer: 

  • Teen Choices: Grades 9-12
  • Life Management: Grades 11-12
  • Relationships: Grades 11-12
  • Child Development: Grades 9-12
  • Teacher Cadet: Grades 11-12
  • Interior Design: Grades 9-12
  • Advanced Interior Design: Grades 9-12
  • Culinary Nutrition 9-12
  • Catering A (first semester) and B (second semester) 10-12
  • Fashion: Grades 9-12

Why should you take our classes?
Family and Consumer Sciences envelopes a variety of course options. Our goal is to prepare you for life outside of high school. Our classes teach you how to use your personal values and morals to make smart choices in your adult life. In addition, you learn soft skills that will prepare you for your future career, personal finance and nutrition knowledge that will help you develop into a smart, healthy and happy adult.

About your teachers:

Diana Coulter

I am so proud to be a Ralston Valley Mustang! This is my 3rd year teaching at Ralston Valley, and 8th year in the classroom. In 2010, I completed her Bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education form Illinois State University, and in 2013 I completed my master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Educational Psychology. I've been involved with Family and Consumer Sciences and FCCLA all over Colorado... from Parachute, Cortez, and now Arvada! I'm passionate about all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, and truly believe we teach Real Skills for Real Life! 

Nicole Tycksen

As a RV alumni I couldn't be more excited to be back as a teacher.  I graduated from CSU in 2009 with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. I taught FACS and coached for 6 years in St. Vrain Valley School district.  In May of 2015 I was blessed with a baby boy.  I have been home taking care of him the past two years.  My husband, also an Arvada native, and I decided we wanted to raise our family in Arvada so we moved back to Arvada in August 2016.  We couldn't be happier, there is something comforting about coming back home. We are thrilled to be adding a baby girl this September to our family.  I missed being in the classroom and will be teaching 2 classes while balancing life as a mom.  I love teaching FACS because I'm teaching life skills students will use beyond the high school classroom.  

Natalie Kulacz

Family & Consumer Sciences has been a passion of mine since high school! After I graduated in 2010, I began college unsure of what I wanted to study. I kept in contact with my high school FACS teacher, Chris Halweg, and she inspired me to continue my studies of Family & Consumer Sciences and spread this wealth of knowledge to students. I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Eastern Illinois University. I immediately began my teaching career in Illinois until I decided to trade in the Illinois corn fields for Colorado mountains and moved to Denver in 2016. I am so proud to be a Ralston Valley Mustang and am looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for learning life skills with students! When I am not teaching, I spend my time coaching the amazing Ralston Valley Poms team, as well as baking, sewing, and exploring all that beautiful Colorado has to offer!