Advocacy Opportunities

There are several upcoming opportunities to spread awareness of the importance of FCS and CTE education.

The following conferences are looking for FCS teachers to bring students to share their stories: 

  • School Counselor’s Conference
    • Monday, November 6th-Tuesday November 7th
      • Option 1- Nov. 7th (8:00am-12:00pm)
      • Option 2- Nov. 7th (12:00pm-4:00pm)
      • Option 3- Nov. 8th (8:00am-12:00pm)
  • Iowa Association of School Board Conference
    • Wednesday, November 15th (3:30pm-5:00pm)
    • Thursday, November 16th (9:00am-2:00pm)
  • CTE Day at the Capitol
    • Wednesday, February 7th (8:00-3:00pm)
      • Multiple options available

To make these advocacy opportunities as successful as possible please consider the following tips:

  • coordinate an image (culinary jackets, FCCLA polos, etc)
  • make it interactive (offer food, have a mini-presentation, handouts, etc)
  • rehearse elevator speeches with the students
  • promote FCCLA

If you are interested in bringing students to any of these events, please email IACTE Executive Director, Sandy Miller at

National Policy Seminar 

IACTE is looking for a member of FCCLA to share their passion for FCS and love for FCCLA with our legislators in Washington D.C. IACTE will give one FCCLA member up to $1000 to cover their expenses. IAFCS will also give the adviser of the FCCLA member up to $1000 to go with the student as a chaperone. If you have a student who would be an excellent advocate for FCS and FCCLA have them apply at by November 3rd!


Iowa CTE Best Practices Conference

The IACTE Best Practices Conference is quickly approaching! It will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus in Ankeny, Iowa. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about other CTE programs, meet with vendors, hear about new ways to strengthen your program, and network with FCS and other CTE teachers from across the state. A conference schedule, registration link, and housing information can be found using the following link:

Registration deadlines (all prices include lunch):

  • IACTE Member- On/Before September 10th- $100
  • IACTE Member- After September 10th- $110
  • Non IACTE Member- On/Before September 10th- $125
  • Non IACTE Member- After September 10th- $135
  • CTE Student Teacher- On/Before September 10th- $30
  • CTE Student Teacher- After September 10th- $40

If you are unsure of your IACTE membership status, contact IACTE Executive Director Sandy Miller at

We hope to see you on September 19th!




CTE Presidential Scholars Nominations

This week, the Iowa ACTE Board approved the attached process to identify CTE scholars to be nominated from Iowa.  This year it is a very quick turn-around as the applications are due September 27th.   There were not many nominations from the field last year and no CTE students went on in the national process from Iowa.  Recognition at this level is one way for us to help push the image of our CTE students forward.  All nominations go to the division representatives listed on the form.  The FCS representatives to Iowa ACTE are Courtney Teghtmeyer ( and Laura VanWaardhuizen (  When you email them your nomination, put in the subject line:  CTE Presidential Scholar Nomination so they know that it is a nomination that IFCSE will need to rank as a group before placing their maximum of five in for final scoring.  The deadline is September 27th. Below are the links for the criteria and the application. If you have a deserving student, please take a few minutes to complete the application. We want to showcase all of the amazing things that happen in Iowa FCS classrooms!




Fall Key Leader Meeting- Save the Date!

The first key leader meeting will be on Saturday, October 7th at Iowa State University in the Palmer Building. The meeting will start at 9:00am and is tentatively scheduled to end at noon. An agenda will be emailed to the key leaders a couple of weeks before the meeting. If you have anything you’d like to add to the agenda, please email Courtney Teghtmeyer at

If you signed up at the conference this summer to be a key leader and you did not receive an email from Courtney on Saturday, September 3rd about the key leader meeting, please email me. I may have your email address entered incorrectly, and I’d like to update that information!

Save the Date! 2018 IFCSE Conference

The 2018 Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators Conference will be held on Sunday, August 5th- Tuesday, August 7th in Ames, Iowa. Sunday evening will be optional. A conference schedule and registration link will be sent out in the spring of 2018.

Be sure to mark your calendars and spread the word to other FCS teachers in your area.  We look forward to seeing you in 338 days!

Meet the 2017-2018 Officers

Greetings! At our annual conference in June, the following individuals were elected to serve as the officers for this upcoming year:

President- Courtney Teghtmeyer 

Courtney will be starting her 7th year at Clarke High School. She serves as the 7-12 FCS teacher and high school FCCLA Adviser. Courtney’s email is

Vice President- Laura VanWaardhuizen

Laura has taught for 9 years, and she currently teaches FCS and Health at Waukee High School. Laura has a puppy named Bobbin. Her husband’s dog is named Gatsby (he is an English teacher). Gatsby is always depressed, and Bobbin is always wound up (figuratively and literally, with her leash). She says you should be careful what you name your pets! Laura’s email is

Secretary- Sherry Vogel 

Sherry has taught for 30 years and currently fills many roles at Southeast Valley High School including: FCS teacher, FCCLA adviser, NHS adviser, Student Council adviser, and Yearbook adviser. A fun fact about Sherry is that she has 14 nieces and nephews with number 15 on the way! Sherry’s email is

Treasurer- Lisa Breyfogle 

Lisa has also taught for 30 years, and she is the middle school and high school FCS teacher at Washington High School. Her email is

We all look forward to serving you this coming year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.