Jennifer Miller said she has always liked to sew.
"I enjoy sewing," she said. "I grew up sewing, and I wanted to be able to show that."
That love of sewing grew into a career in teaching sewing and other family and consumer sciences to students. Recently, the Proviso East High School teacher was named to the board of the Illinois Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers’ Association, or IFACSTA. On the board, she will serve as historian and past conference planning committee co-chairperson.
IFACSTA is a family and consumer science education group that works to promote family and consumer science education in all subject areas, promoting it across the state, especially to legislators and national representatives. The group also works to establish and maintain high quality career and technical education and family and consumer sciences educational programs from early childhood through adulthood, among other works.
As a past conference planning committee co-chairperson, Miller oversaw some of the planning for IFACSTA’s annual conference in Joliet in July 2012. As board historian, she said she will oversee the group’s records that go back to IFACSTA’s beginnings.
"It’s making sure we have a history," Miller said.
Miller is among the many fine teachers currently working in District 209, and she continues a tradition of excellence in the classroom and recognition by their peers.
"We feel very fortunate to have Jennifer on our board," said Robin Gordon, president of IFACSTA, in a letter to Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, announcing Miller’s appointment.
Congratulations, Ms. Miller! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!