Jefferson FCS teacher honored at FCCLA conference


Laura Spiegelhalter, a family and consumer sciences teacher at duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County), received the Spirit of Advising Award from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at the organization’s recent National Leadership Conference in Atlanta.

The award recognizes chapter advisers who demonstrate excellence in modeling FCCLA character in helping students achieve success. The award goes to advisers whose patience, good humor, flexibility and skill form the foundation of FCCLA at the local and state levels and who are constantly faithful and often quietly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of their students. This honor is bestowed on only one FCCLA chapter adviser from each state.

Two other FCCLA chapter advisers, Shannon Roberts of Mason County High School and Lauren Williams of McCracken County High School, were recognized as Master Advisers. The Master Adviser program recognizes advisers who have successfully led an FCCLA chapter for at least three years and who promote the organization, operate an integrated chapter with a balanced program of work and facilitate youth-centered activities while keeping abreast of the issues in their field.

Kayla Godbey, the family and consumer sciences consultant with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), received the FCCLA’s Distinguished Service award for her efforts in providing outstanding service to the organization at the local, region, state and national levels. Godbey developed a program to highlight students who have “Said Yes to FCS” (family and consumer sciences), which encouraged more students to major in family and consumer sciences education.

Reeca Carver, the FCCLA state adviser in KDE’s Office of Career and Technical Education, was recognized for her 15 years of service and for assisting with the national competitive events team as past lead consultant. Carver was in charge of making sure the competitions for more than 4,200 STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Event participants in 30 different events went smoothly.