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No. 2, February 2023

President's Message

Greetings Busy Bees,

In honor of celebrating this month of LOVE filled festivities, I would like to ask you to reflect on why you LOVE the reason that you belong to this great FAMILY of CTE educators? What is your WHY? My WHY revolves around people. I LOVE being a CTE - FACS educator because of all the amazing people I have been able to learn from, teach, and inspire. I LOVE being a FACS educator because I am able to be ”that” teacher students want to talk to when they are having a rough day .I LOVE being a FACS educator because there are so many options when it comes to teaching FACS. I LOVE being a FACS educator because there are opportunities for leadership and advancement. I LOVE being a FACS educator because hands-on learning is vital to my learning style and is so important in the world today. I LOVE being a FACS educator because HOME ECONOMICS has come so far since its inception. I LOVE being a FACS educator because I get to teach real-life hands-on skills that students will take with them into the next chapter of this journey we call life. I LOVE being a FACS educator because I have had the incredible opportunity to be mentored by the best of the best and have built relationships that will last a lifetime. Hopefully you all have a wonderful CTE month filled with so much LOVE your heart is bursting! We cannot wait to see you all at VATFACS, PDI in July!



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February is CTE Month!

What is CTE? Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-skill and high-demand careers. Celebrate CTE Month today and visit ctemonth.org for ways to get involved.

Join us as we celebrate Career and Technical Education Month®. CTE Month® is a public awareness campaign, hosted by ACTE and sponsored by NAHB, that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Visit ctemonth.org to get involved.

Calling for 2023 VATFACS Nominations!!

The Virginia Association for Teachers of Family & Consumer Sciences (VATFACS) relies on your commitment to the teaching field to nominate individuals who are outstanding in their FCS career. This is your opportunity to recognize this teacher and/or administrator that stands out from others you've seen in your career. Perhaps there is a business making contributions to the FCS program.

Nominate quickly so the candidate has ample time to complete the application.

Recognition is one of the things done least for teachers but it's one of the most important. Please award someone for their over-the-top contributions. Thank you in advance for making nominations and forwarding the link.

2023 VATFACS Teacher of the Year


2023 VATFACS New Teacher of the Year


2023 VATFACS Carl Perkins Community Service


2023 VATFACS Distinguished Service Award


2023 VATFACS Outstanding Administrator Award


2023 VATFACS Outstanding Business and Industry Award


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Educators Rising Call for Judges

Educators Rising Virginia Call for Judges on March 4, 2023 (remote judging options also available 2/20-2/28 and in-person judges needed) – https://www.educatorsrisingva.org/judge.html

Virginia FCCLA Call for Judges on April 14, 2023 – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeFdKSAol5iAuZS-6514PEp6Pp7q0rwyrR0Wd4BjdWhF0G1aw/viewform

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Virginia FCCLA 2023 State Conference

2023 State Leadership & Recognition Conference:
April 14 -16 in Virginia Beach

The 2023 State Leadership & Recognition Conference, including the STAR Events competitions, will be held in Virginia Beach on April 14 – 16. Begin planning now to attend!


Each Quarter we will be highlighting some of the VATFACS board members for you to get to know the leaders behind the organization. Hint hint......you may want to pay close attention to what they do as there might be some trivia involved at conference to earn some awesome SWAG!

What's next for March?

  • Keynote Speaker Chase Mielke Bio
  • March Madness Fun
  • Bring a Buddy to VATFACS Promo
  • Mr. Neville strikes again