Nikki Heflin recently received the New Teacher of the Year Award from the Indiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
“I’m a family and consumer sciences teacher, and I am a member of (the Indiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences), and each year they have some different awards,” Heflin said. “Basically, because of my work within the professional organization and just family consumer sciences in general, they selected me for the New Teacher of the Year Award.”
Heflin said her goal is not only educating students but also educating teachers.
“My goal now is to help other teachers build up strong programs at their schools,” she said. “I have presented at a few conferences on building a consumer and family sciences program.”
Heflin applier her knowledge of creating a team environment in her classroom to encourage other teachers.
“There’s a big component on working together,” she said. “They each have different hands-on jobs with the prepping and cooking process, and they also have official jobs like dish station, sanitation or getting the ingredients, so they really have to work as a team because our course is really based on what these students need to succeed in the work world.”
Heflin was recognized for her award in September at the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Teacher Conference.