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C-NS teacher named American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2012 Teacher of the Year

Shirley Ware works with Cicero 10th-grader Sydney Wright in her Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Ware has been selected New York State Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.

Shirley Ware works with Cicero 10th-grader Sydney Wright in her Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Ware has been selected New York State Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.

— Congratulations to Shirley Ware, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, for being named by the New York State Affiliate of the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) as 2012 Teacher of the Year. As a finalist for New York, Ware will now go on to compete for the association’s national-level award. Ms. Ware was presented with her award at the unified conference of NYSAFCS and NYSAFCSE awards banquet on Friday, Oct. 12, in Albany.

“Shirley is to be commended for the role she played on the team that worked to make our district the first in New York State to achieve CTE [Career and Technical Education] endorsement in four separate areas,” said John Rice, who is the North Syracuse Central School District’s Director of Science, Technology and Math. “Her hard work and dedication to advancing the field of family and consumer sciences locally, statewide and nationally, has not gone unnoticed. Shirley is more than worthy of this honor and recognition.”

Ware has been teaching in the North Syracuse district since 1994, where she has worked with junior high and high school level students. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Ohio State University. Ware has held professional Family and Consumer Sciences leadership positions at the local, state and national level. As the New York State Family and Consumer Sciences President, Ware spearheaded the middle school curriculum and facilities update and a statewide public relations plan, as well as a Family and Consumer Sciences Program evaluation. Ware has served as the Past President and Public Relations Representative for the New York State Association of Family and Consumer Science Educators (NYSAFCSE) and on the National FACSE for Public Information.

Ware is now being considered for National Teacher of the Year, which identifies and recognizes exemplary family and consumer sciences teachers who exhibit a deep commitment to the profession and to the Association. These teachers have outstanding educational programs that utilize methods, techniques, and activities integrated into the curriculum to provide the stimulus for and give visibility to family and consumer sciences elementary and secondary education. The national-level award will be given at the National AAFCS conference, taking place in June 2013 in Houston.

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