Mrs. Karen Ortner

About Me

Mrs. Karen Ortner is a firm believer in authenticity, a positive attitude and good hugs, but she also knows that these things alone don't build a strong community or bring home the bacon. For this reason, she prepares students for adult life through Family and Consumer Sciences at Holyoke JR/SR High School.

Mrs. Ortner grew up on a farm and graduated with honors from Colorado State University. She is married to a farmer, and they have a daughter and two sons, Brianna (5), Casey (3) and Owen (8 months). She has experience in youth ministry, agricultural work, food service, teaching and news reporting. In her free time, she enjoys writing, cooking, music and crafty projects. Mrs. Ortner loves people of all ages and loves to help them succeed.

Contact Mrs. Ortner at or (970)854-2284.

About Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences classes improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities by providing practical solutions to problems involving food science and nutrition, apparel and interior design, child rearing and family relations, and family and consumer economics. This year here in Holyoke, Mrs. Ortner teaches Catering, Fashion, 21st Century Skills, Child Development/Nutrition & Wellness, Relationships/Life Management, and Healthy Living (8th grade Intro to FACS).

FACS courses have a counterpart co-curricular student leadership organization, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Co-curricular means that activities and projects occur hand-in-hand with FACS courses, in addition to the time required outside of school hours. All FACS class members are class-level, unaffiliated FCCLA members, and may assist at times with fundraiser or event preparation during class time.


FCCLA stands for Family, Career & Community Leaders of America. It stands apart from other student leadership organizations as the only one that focuses on the family as the basic unit of society. FCCLA's mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

This year, our chapter service projects and activities include adopting a child from the “Make-A-Wish” program, raising money for this child and supporting them in a themed “Make-A-Wish Week.” Our chapter will also kick back this fall with a trip to Elitches for active FCCLA members in October, and cater a themed meal in partnership with the drama department for the November musical.

Join FCCLA today for a chance to make a difference for yourself, your family, your community, and the world!