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Deb Evans is the middle school FCS Teacher at Fredonia Middle School in Fredonia, Kansas. She began her teaching career in 1980 and is currently in her 33rd year at Fredonia. Mrs. Evans teaches 6th grade FCS, 7th grade Life Skills, 7th/8th FCS and Life Skills 2 in addition to being a very involved FCCLA adviser of the Fredonia Middle chapter. One of her most recent accomplishments is having 13 students competing in 7 STAR Events this year at SLC in April. Deb stays active in guiding her FCS students and FCCLA members in multiple community service projects and attending state and national conferences.
I have been as a ACTE/KCTE member since 1980 but when the 1986 AAFCS Conference was in Kansas City, I wanted to attend. I attended the meeting and I have been a member ever since. I think it is very important for FCS professionals to get involved in their professional organizations. It gives you an opportunity to stay up on current trends in our profession and also I enjoy the networking that occurs with other FCS professionals. I have been involved at the district level as the District J Treasurer. I was the KAFCS Teacher of the Year in 1993-94. I have also been a workshop presenter at the UAC meetings throughout the years.
I enjoy the networking with other professionals, going to conferences and getting new ideas to use in the classroom.
We help students become prepared for skills they will use everyday. I enjoy our curriculum and feel it is relevant to the students today and also in their future. FCCLA is a great opportunity for students to develop the skills they will need when they begin their careers. It also gives them needed skills to be on their own or when they have a family. I am most proud of watching my students grow into leaders in our community.
I have been very lucky to be in a school district that supports the FCS curriculum and our FCCLA chapters at the middle school and high school. I would say one challenge is at times having low numbers in my classes. I am always willing to have more students and never complain even if they are maybe a little too large for a nutrition lab. We just make it work and am thankful for the students that are interested in the FCS curriculum.
I am very proud of my family. My husband, of almost 35 years has always been supportive and has come to learn that the extra hours I spend away from home are helping young people to grow and become productive members of society. He knows that I enjoy what I do. I am also proud of my children and their families. They were both involved in FCCLA and qualified for nationals in FCCLA STAR Events. I am also proud of all of the students that have been successful in STAR Events. I have had students qualify for national STAR Events all but one year since 1982 to the present.