Sharon Baillie, a Certified Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, of Burgettstown Middle/High School in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, was named National Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) on May 3, 2011, National Teacher Day. The award honors exemplary teachers who utilize cutting-edge methods, techniques, and activities to provide the stimulus for, and give visibility to, family and consumer sciences (FCS) elementary and secondary education.
Baillie has been bringing nutrition knowledge and skills to K-12 students since 2007 through her leading-edge Healthy Living program. Her program is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Food Plate, and meets the 28 Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for food science and nutrition for K-12. All of the foods and nutrition-related classes are at maximum enrollment at Burgettstown, including two additional sections that have been added in recent years."I am truly honored to be recognized as the AAFCS National Teacher of the Year," said Baillie. "This has been a team effort with my students, administration, colleagues, parents and community. The idea for the Healthy Living program came from the students when we were undergoing renovations and curriculum updates five years ago. The program has grown each year as more activities are included."