All Texas awards nominations should be sent by December 1, 2023 to  

Nomination Guidelines and forms can be found below. Selections will be completed by the Awards Committee in a timely manner so that honorees can plan to attend the 2024 Awards Banquet to receive their recognition. The Teacher of the Year, Leader of the Year and New Achiever honorees who are notified by the VP Member Relations officer that they qualify to apply for appropriate national award counterparts should be prepared to represent the AAFCS-Texas Affiliate as the award nominee for the following year upon their recognition at the Texas Award Banquet.

Recognition of Outstanding Members and Partnerships within our Profession

Each year, the AAFCS-Texas board takes pride in highlighting the accomplishments, hard work, and dedication of those working in the numerous Family and Consumer Sciences fields. To recognize the achievements of those in our field, we need your input!  

The AAFCS Best of Texas Awards application is now open for nominations and will remain open through December 1st. We hope you will review the application and determine if you have a fellow professional who deserves a coveted AAFCS-TX State Affiliate Award.  

In addition to nominations at the TX Affiliate level, The Texas Leader, The Texas New Achiever, and The Texas Teacher of the Year Awards will be forwarded to the AAFCS National Awards nomination committee. Over the years, the Texas Affiliate has been fortunate to have our very own members recognized at the national level, and we hope to continue this trend! We encourage you to start working on nominations now and submit nominees for each category. Remember, you can ask a fellow member to nominate you or reward yourself by completing your own nomination to highlight your achievements! 

If you have any questions about the nomination process or issues with submitting materials, please contact the VP of Member Relations, Sydney Cox, at  

Review the following award categories and submit your nomination(s) today! Click on each category for guidelines:

Professional of the Year 

Member has made major contributions to the FCS profession, displayed leadership abilities, been active in the association, and is highly respected by her/his peers.

Professional of the Year Guidelines and Nomination Form

Past Professional of the Year

Texas Leader of the Year

Member has completed more than eight (8) years of service to the field through their involvement in AAFCS.

TX Leader Guidleines

Past-Leader-of-the-Year Awardees

New Achiever Award

Member has at least three (3) but no more than eight (8) years of service to the field through their involvement in AAFCS.

Texas Teacher of the Year

Member is an FCS elementary and secondary teacher who has exemplary programs and/or teaching methods and techniques.

TX Teacher Award Guidelines 

Texas Teacher of the Year Awardees

Friend of the Family

An individual or organization involved at the local or state level in the policy-making process whose work over time has made significant contributions that affect the well-being of Texas families

Friend of the Family Guidelines

Friend of the Family Awardees

 Light for Texas Families

FCS professionals, community leaders, students and friends of the family volunteers who, through their work or community service, provide a valuable light and voice to families.

Light for TX Family Guidelines

Light-for-Families Awardees

Mabel Erwin Recognition

 Is extended to members who have sustained their dedication of membership to the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences for 40, 50, or 60 years. If you have this distinction the AAFCS-Texas Affiliate would like to honor you during the Best of Texas Award Banquet. Please contact Elena Doerrie for more details at