KEARNEY, Neb. -- Carol Kreutzer was recognized by fellow Family and Consumer Sciences teachers for excellence in teaching.

Kreutzer was honored as the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska (FCSTN) Teacher of the Year for professionals with 16+ years of experience.

Kreutzer uses innovative techniques to engage students in classroom and leadership activities.

She has been teaching Family and Consumer Sciences for 40 years, the last 15 at Kearney High School.

Kreutzer is also an FCCLA advisor at Kearney High School and chartered a chapter at SEM when she taught there. She has also led the FCCLA chapters in Callaway and Overton.

Kreutzer is certified as a ServSafe Manager and has been trained in ProStart.

Her interest and expertise in food and nutrition has also continued and students are educated in the ServSafe curriculum through all the food classes.

Those supporting Kreutzer in their nomination for teacher of the year commented on her extreme passion for her craft, her students, her school, and her community.

It was also noted that whatever was needed to fit the needs of the department. Carol was able to step up.

Family and Consumer Sciences educators teach essential knowledge and skills that help others master everyday challenges.

FCS educators make a positive impact on the individuals, families, and communities they serve.

Family and Consumer Sciences is the field of study focused on the science and art of living and working well in our complex world.

The primary areas of focus range from nutrition and culinary arts, to fashion and interior design, to hospitality and human development and family relations.

FCS educators ensure that sustainable practices, consumerism, and leadership principles are woven throughout all content areas.