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Family and Consumer Sciences Association Recognizes Esther Miller Aloia ’10

Esther Aloia and Duane Whitbeck

Duane Whitbeck, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences president, presented Esther Aloia with the AAFCS New Achiever Award during the association’s 108th annual conference in Dallas.

Esther Aloia and Sharon Baillie

Esther Aloia with her mentor Sharon Baillie from Burgettstown High School

Esther Aloia and Roxie Godfrey

Esther Aloia with her mentor Roxie Godfrey, of Texas

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences recognized Esther Miller Aloia ’10 with its 2017 New Achiever Award. The award was presented during the 108th annual Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas.

Initiated in 1984, the AAFCS New Achiever Award recognizes emerging professionals who have demonstrated their potential for making significant contributions in family and consumer sciences through their involvement with AAFCS. Award recipients are professionals with three to eight years of service in the field.

A Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Hopewell High School in Aliquippa, Esther previously taught in the Sto-Rox and Brentwood districts in Allegheny County.

In just eight years of membership with AAFCS, Esther has made significant contributions to the association. For the Pennsylvania affiliate of AAFCS, she has served in multiple leadership roles, including as president, western area vice president and technology cochair, and Student Unit advisor. Esther also participated in the AAFCS Leadership Academy and was the chair for the Community of Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education Curriculum Showcase at the AAFCS Annual Conference.

As a passionate and dedicated family and consumer sciences educator, Esther has many program achievements. She created three new family and consumer sciences courses, designed a STEAM curriculum in collaboration with other districts, and incorporated technology and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America curriculum into her courses. Additionally she has received funding for a number of classroom projects, including a $20,000 STEAM grant from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to fund the creation of Lab21 and support the addition of new elective offerings.

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Based in the Washington, DC, area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and consumer sciences draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers. Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and coworkers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.