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WHEREAS, in 1974, the American Home Economics Association (now American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences) entered into a partnership with Family Circle magazine to establish the Home Economics Teacher of the Year Program; and

WHEREAS, the original purpose of the award was to promote excellence in the teaching of home economics at the elementary and secondary levels and to identify outstanding educational activities that can provide stimulus for other teachers throughout the country; and

WHEREAS, instantly popular with a large cross-section of the association’s membership, the Home Economics Teacher of the Year Program became known as the Teacher of the Year award and was designed as a national competition among winners of the competition at the affiliate level; and

WHEREAS, while changes have been made to the award, the original concept of recognizing exemplary teachers who utilize cutting-edge methods, techniques, and activities to provide the stimulus for and give visibility to Family and Consumer Sciences education has remained the same throughout the award’s 39-year history; and

WHEREAS, Marsha Carter started the Hospitality and Culinary Arts program at Florence High School in 2007, and after being hired spent several weeks at Johnson & Wales Educator Series honing culinary teaching skills; and

WHEREAS, the program began with 13 students and now includes more than 100 students who are exposed to a variety of cooking skills and techniques and key areas of Family and Consumer Sciences and are engaged in technological advances in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Marsha Carter has led a Hospitality and Culinary Arts program that is innovative, relevant, and has had a positive influence on students the last six years, an achievement that has earned her the title of 2013 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Teacher of the Year; and

WHEREAS, Marsha Carter attended the AAFCS Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas, from June 26-29, 2013, where she was recognized and presented with a commemorative plaque, $2,500 award, and up to $1,000 of support for one year of AAFCS membership and participation in the conference:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education hereby congratulates Marsha Carter for raising the awareness and importance of Family and Consumer Sciences in Florence City Schools and embodying the qualities of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Teacher of the Year.

Done this 8th day of August 2013