Lisa Tapper named Iowa’s Family Consumer Science Teacher of the Year

Lisa Tapper proudly shows off some of the “My Little Friend” dolls her students in child development sewed. Photo by Kim Demory

The Iowa Affi liate of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) recently announced that they have chosen Eagle Grove High School Teacher Lisa Tapper as their Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes innovative, creative programming and teaching methods in family and consumer sciences as well as motivating students to learn these necessary life skills.

Tapper has been infl uencing Eagle Grove High School students with her unique teaching methods for the past 17 years in Family and Consumer Science, Health 2, and more recently, Culinary as a dual credit class with Iowa Central Community College. But it is her curriculum and teaching method in the Family and Consumer Science classroom this year that really captured the attention of the AAFCS - and it’s because she’s had to make it up as she goes along in order to reach out to the non- English speaking students in her classroom.

Tapper has always looked for new and innovative ways to capture her students’ attention, but this year, on the fi rst day of school when she found herself looking at her child development class made up of 15 students - seven of whom unexpectedly spoke not one word of English, she knew she was going to have to be creative like never before.

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