Teach FACS in Nebraska

While there are multiple benefits to teaching, we are confident that teaching Family and Consumer Sciences in Nebraska is a unique opportunity. From outstanding and varied professional development offered to our teachers to the personal and professional support from a varied group of over 500 teachers state-wide, we have so much to offer.  Family and Consumer Sciences like many Career and Technical Education fields is and will continue to experience a shortage of teachers.  Schools begin advertising open positions as early as October and unfortunately, many go unfilled.  In addition, there are multiple opportunities to be employed as schools work to expand their Family and Consumer Sciences departments. For information about teacher shortages in Nebraska, please visit the NDE Educator Preparation page .  Here you can find information about shortage areas that qualify for federal loan forgiveness.

Whether you would like a small class of 25 or a large class of 500, a rural school or a school in a downtown metropolitan area, a school overlooking the rolling Sandhills of Nebraska or one in a wooded area, there is a position for you.  For more information about teaching FACS in Nebraska continue to read below or contact Kristin Vest, Family and Consumer Sciences Career Field Specialist at 402-471-4814 or kristin.vest@nebraska.gov

Positions Available

Click the link below to view current open positions for Family and Consumer Sciences teachers in Nebraska.  We will do our best to keep these postings up to date however, if you are aware of a position opening or closing, please contact Allison Kreifels.

Teach FACS in Nebraska Openings

Teacher Certification

Nebraska’s Teacher Certification office can assist you in applying for or renewing a certificate.  This office can also answer any questions you may have about adding endorsements, getting a certificate if you studied out of state as well as necessary course work to receive your Nebraska Teaching Certificate in Family and Consumer Sciences. There are many opportunities for alternative teaching certificates through the Transitional Teaching Permit and Career Education Teaching Permit as well.  See all of the information at their website to determine what route to teaching is best for you.

Nebraska Teacher Certification

Teacher Preparation Programs

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Family and Consumer Sciences Education 
Contact: Sheree Moser, smoser2@unl.edu

Chadron State College

Family and Consumer Sciences
Contact: Yvonne Moody, ymoody@csc.edu

Wayne State College

Family and Consumer Sciences Major
Contact: Carol Erwin, caerwin1@wsc.edu

Transition to Teaching

The University of Nebraska-Kearney offers a Transitional Certification Program for a those with a Bachelor’s degree who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career.  While in this program, individuals are eligible for employment as well as receiving credit toward a Master’s Degree. For a Family and Consumer Sciences endorsement, students must be offered employment by a school. For more information about this program visit http://www.unk.edu/academics/ted/transitional_certification/ or contact Dr. Wendy McCarty, Director at 308-865-8074 or mccartywl@unk.edu .

Nebraska Professional Directory

Human Sciences & Education Professional Directories

This directory is provided for convenience in networking other professionals. For additional networking opportunities check out the FCSTN and NAFCS resources.

Nebraska FACS Teacher Directory

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National Standards Executive Summary


National Standards Executive Summary

The National Standards Executive Summary is a document that was developed by a committee of the National Association of State Administrators for Family & Consumer Sciences Education.

The Executive Summary was designed so that all but one page would be consistent across the nation; one page was reserved for each state to depict the Family & Consumer Sciences Education program in that specific state. You will find the Nebraska information on Page 13 in the document. Pages 8-9 contain the "wheel" that identifies the Family & Consumer Sciences as a program area of Career and Technical Education that contributes to the career clusters and reinforces 21st Century Skills.

The pages are designed so that it may be printed in booklet format on legal-sized paper.

Pages 1-16
Pages 2-15
Pages 3-14
Pages 4-13
Pages 5-12
Pages 6-11
Pages 7-10
Pages 8-9



As the Nebraska affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, NAFCS provides programming to benefit all content areas of Family and Consumer Sciences.

For more information, visit their website at http://nafcs.unl.edu/



FCSTN – Family & Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska

FCSTN Webpage

Retired Membership Flyer

FCSTN LiveBinder: Member Only Resources

Carol Kreutzer
Kearney High School
Past President
Suzanne Neefe
Hemingford High School
President Elect
 Kelsey Kummer 
Millard South High School
Carmen Hall
  Omaha Bryan High School   
Jan Smaus
Beatrice Middle School

For more information about experiencing all of the benefits of membership in FCSTN, please contact Membership Chair, Kelsey Kummer at kakummer@mpsomaha.org


Say YES to Professional Involvement


FACS Resources for Teachers

CTE Month Resources

The month of February is designated as CTE month. We would encourage Family and Consumer Sciences professionals to utilize these or any other resources to promote this month and help students recognize the importance of Career and Technical Education. Below you will find two lesson plans and resources for those plans. We hope you will find these useful tools for the month of February!

Lesson Plan

CTE Month
Lesson Plan
CTE Today Fact Sheet
Nebraska Career Education Model
Career Cluster Student Interest Survey
Why Career Readiness Video

For further information and resources, visit the ACTE website.

Electronic Resources

Teacher Recommended Websites

Useful iPad Apps

Check out this new and expanded list of iPad apps organized by course for Nebraska teachers.  Have an app to add or update?  Send it to Kristin Vest, FACS Career Field Specialist at kristin.vest@nebraska.gov

Sample Lessons

Teacher Submitted Shared Resources and Lessons

The Nebraska Food Project

2013 Lesson Plans Volume II

2014 Learning Activities (Food, Nutrition & Wellness & Advanced FOod, Nutrition & Wellness)

2014 Learning Activities (All others)

ARCHIVES: Intro to HSE Sample Curriculum 2008

Table of Contents

Curriculum Document (developed 2008)

Course Information

Cluster Matrix
Critical Reading Helps
HSE Websites
Local Laws and Procedure Addendum
Power of Words Introduction
Teaching Strategies
Texas Media Resources
TPAL Crosswalk to Foundation
TPAL Curriculum Division
UW Street Law Lesson Plans

Benchmark 1 & 2 — Communication

Communication Role Cards
Communication PowerPoint
Listening Lesson Plan
Sheree Rhodes Lesson Plan
TT Power of Words
Web Resources on Communication

Benchmark 3 — Thinking, Ethics

American Judiciary Society
Community Works Best Practices
Court Procedure
Ethics Overview PowerPoint
Graffiti Brochure
LP-50 Years After Brown
Kohlberg Dilemmas
Music Downloading Mock Trial
NAEYC Conduct Code
Who is a Juvenile

Benchmark 4 — Leadership

Community Works Curriculum
Idaho 10 Lessons on Leadership
Inclusion Lesson Plan
John Wooden
Leadership Qualities

Benchmark 5 — Information Technology

LP-High Tech Harassment

Benchmark 6 — Careers

Career Education
Do I Procrastinate Excessively
Investigating Careers in HSE
LP-Changing Communities
Passing the Passion
Shop Til You Drop
Sro_What it takes
What’s my Line


FACS Focus

FACS Focus December, 2016

FACS Focus August, 2016

Happy New Year! What’s New for 2016? – January 2016

Fall Workshops | Your yearly connection to FACS in Nebraska – September 2015

The “Flipped Classroom” – February 10, 2015

FACS Teacher Spotlight: Krystal Kolb, Omaha Bryan – February 3, 2015

CTE Month 2015 – January 20, 2015

Cooperative Learning Part 2 – January 13, 2015

New Year, New Program – December 30, 2014

FACS Teacher Spotlight: Part 1 – December 16, 2014

FACS reVision: 1 Year Later – December 9, 2014

Course Coding: What’s the big deal? – December 2, 2014

Technology Resources Part 2: iPad Apps – November 25, 2014

Tech Resources Part 1 – November 18, 2014

reVision – November 11, 2014

Marketing Your Program – October 28, 2104

Reading Comprehension: Part 2 – October 14, 2014

Reading Comprehension Part 1 – October 7, 2014

Say “YES” to FACS! – September 30, 2014

Classroom “Management” – September 23, 2014

FCSTN: More than just another acronym! – September 16, 2014

What is this “listserv” all about? – September 9, 2014

Fall Workshops are around the corner! – September 2, 2014

Nebraska Standards for Career Ready Practice – August 26, 2014

FACS/Health Sciences Website – August 19, 2014

Welcome to FACS Focus and a new school year! – August 12, 2014

Beginning FACS Teacher Program

Stay tuned for more updates as this program develops and grows. 

Mentoring Program

The Nebraska Family and Consumer Sciences Mentor and Protégé Program. 

This program is designed for the professional development and growth of our new and experienced professionals by providing a system of support for both.  We are currently seeking applicants for this program both as Mentors and Protégés.  Please see the documents below on the expectations and opportunities for the program.

For Mentors
Mentor Handbook
Mentor Report Form
Contact Log
Mentor Application Form

For Protégés
Protégé Handbook
Protégé Report Form
Contact Log
Protégé Application Form

Professional Development


HSE/FACS Conferences & Meetings

HSE/FACS Professional Development Opportunities

FACS Fall Workshops

New Standards! New FACS Specialist! So many changes! Breathe easier, connect with fellow FACS teachers, gain information and resources by making plans to attend the annual FACS Fall Workshops held at locations all across Nebraska! A major focus of our time together will be on new Standards implementation and resources for teaching the new Standards. See the workshop flyer for additional information. Click on the Fall Workshop Registration link below to register.

This year’s one-day conferences will be held at the following locations:

  • 10/04/18  Lincoln, Lincoln Community Foundation
  • 10/15/18  Scottsbluff, Western Nebraska Community College
  • 10/16/18  North Platte, McKinley Education Center
  • 10/17/18  Kearney, Education Service Unit 10
  • 10/23/18  Omaha, Education Service Unit 3
  • 10/30/18  Norfolk, Northeast Community College

2018 FACS Fall Workshop Registration Link

Fall Workshop Flyer to be added later

FACS Teacher Culinary Workshops

In conjunction with the Nebraska Restaurant Association and Nebraska ProStart, we are proud to offer several opportunities for Family and Consumer Science Educators to develop their culinary skills.  Please see the below document for links and additional information:

From Pod to Plate

Pro-Start Forums


ProStart Video

2018 Webinar CONNECTions:

Join FACS Teachers and Professionals from around the state as we discuss current issues, trends, and classroom needs together throughout the year.  These webinars will take place via Zoom and can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection.  Webinars will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except November and December which are held on the 3rd Tuesday) at rotating times as listed below.  Webinars will also be recorded and stored in case you missed it or want to come back later to revisit information.

Click to Register for the 2017-2018 Webinar CONNECTions!

Future dates TBA

Have an idea for a topic that you’d like to know more about?  Submit your topic requests HERE.

Thank you for your investment in FACS in Nebraska!


FCCLA Meetings and Events


State Officer Leadership Academy (SOLA)

May 29- June 1, 2018

National Leadership Conference:

June 29 – July 2, 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Peer Ed Retreat:

February 24-26, 2019 in Kearney, NE

State Leadership Conference:

April 7-9, 2019 in Lincoln, NE

NCE Conferences and Meetings

Upcoming NCE Conference Dates:

June 3-6, 2019

Location: Kearney, Nebraska

NCE Conference website

NCE Leadership Academy

Lincoln, Nebraska

This event is designed to grow the leadership potential of Nebraska Career Educators.  It is a practical, hands-on experience that will inspire, engage, and strengthen your leadership knowledge and skills.  Consider applying to participate in this excellent professional development opportunity.
The expenses associated with participation in the Career Education Leadership Academy will be covered by the Nebraska Department of Education.  This is made possible in part through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.  This includes round-trip mileage to and from Lincoln, double-occupancy lodging (if more than 60 miles one-way from Lincoln), meals, and parking.
Registration will open in March.

2016 FACS Participants:

Pam Barrow, Ainsworth Community Schools

2015 FACS Participants:

Reba Deterding, Cambridge H.S
Marlene Ronnfeldt, Gibbon H.S.
Kim Scarborough, Neligh-Oakdale H.S
Brett Redemske, Omaha Public Schools

2014 FACS Participants:

Alexis Grenfell, Central H.S.
Connie Jones, R.M. Marrs M.S.
Emily Murphy, Bryan H.S.

2013 FCS Participants:

Angela Mann, Battle Creek H.S.
Anne O’Connor, North Platte H.S.
Anne Schmall, Bluffs M.S.

2012 FCS Participants:

Roni Dorsey, Fullerton H.S.
Kristen Evans, Norfolk H.S.
Mallory Gregory, Waverly H.S.
Allison Kreifels, Wahoo H.S.
Kristin Vest, Kearney H.S.
Tracy Way, Lincoln Southwest H.S.

NCE Beginning Teacher Institute

Lincoln, Nebraska

This event allows beginning CTE teachers to build positive, dependable, and supportive relationships among other CTE teachers in Nebraska.  Additionally, the Beginning Teacher Institute will provide participants with practical skills that related to classroom instruction, student engagement, and classroom management.  The participants will also explore ways to market and communicate the value of their Career Education program.
The expenses associated with participation in the Beginning Teacher Institute will be covered by the Nebraska Department of Education.  This is made possible in part through the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.  This includes round-trip mileage to and from Lincoln, double-occupancy lodging (if more than 60 miles one-way from Lincoln), meals, and parking.

2017 FACS Participants:

Stefanie Wenz, Falls City Public Schools
Samantha Musil, High Plains Community Schools

2016 FACS Participants:

Alyssa Brown, Westside High School
Melissa Davis, Randolph High School
Chelsey Greene, Aurora Public Schools
Jenna Hilligoss, Lincoln Northeast HS
Brianna Irvin, West Point Beemer Jr/Sr HS
Samantha Musil, High Plains HS
Jill Richards, Elkhorn Valley View MS
Emily Suhr, Omaha North HS
Kelsey Wirth, Harry A. Burke HS

2015 FACS Participants:

Ashley Knust, Elkhorn Valley H.S
Lyndee Koch, Cozad H.S.
Carrie Mullendore-Dilsaver, Wahoo H.S.
Carrie Urban, Doniphan-Trumball H.S.
Carmen Warner, Elm-Creek H.S.
Clarissa Gillham, Hastings H.S.

2014 FACS Participants:

Christi Krist, Lewis and Clark M.S.

2013 FCS Participants:

Charlene Arens, Niobrara H.S.
Nicki Hanseling, Lincoln Southwest H.S.
Ianna Herrboldt, Winnebago H.S.
Paige Kimmerling, Bryan Community Schools
Kelsey Kummer, Ralston H.S.
Emily Murphy, Bryan H.S.
Jacie Ochsner, Thayer Central H.S.
Dawn Ruzicka, Beatrice H.S.
Michaela Vestecka, Nebraska City M.S.
Katie Wenz, Arapahoe H.S.

2012 FCS Participants:

Susan Biba, Fillmore Central H.S.
Anne Schmall, Scottsbluff M.S.