Update, April 2018: Sarah Puddy, Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher at Sabish Middle School in Fond du Lac, has been notified that she will be presented the 2018 National New Achiever for Family and Consumer Sciences award by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) on June 26 at the 109th AAFCS Annual Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. Sarah, a member of WEAC Region 5, is being honored for her work related to the Facebook FCS Teachers Group which she established in December 2013. The FCS group expanded from 15-20 members in Wisconsin to its current number of 11,123 members worldwide. In a short time within this field, she has made significant contributions and her group has been considered the “go-to” and “lifesaver” resource by its members.
From February 2017: Sarah Puddy, a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Sabish Middle School in Fond du Lac, was recently notified of her selection as the Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (WAFCS) New Achiever Award winner for 2017.
Sarah, a member of WEAC Region 5 and the Fond du Lac Education Association, is being honored at the upcoming WAFCS Conference as a professional who shows potential for making great contributions to the field. She is being recognized for creating a Facebook group for Family and Consumer Sciences teachers that started with a small group of college classmates in December of 2013 and, at last count, grew to over 7,776 members worldwide. The focus of the Facebook group was to share ideas, resources, and positive feedback for challenging situations.
In 2014, when she was exploring a more effective tool for organizing these shared resources, Sarah designed five websites with each website dedicated to the Foods, Sewing/Fashion/Housing, Teacher Resources, Child Development/Parenting, or Life Skills categories within this field. She has also assumed the responsibility of maintaining these websites.