Arkansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences

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AATFACS Board Members

President: Mika Bishop

Awards/Honors

*Arkansas FCCLA Master Adviser (2018)

*AATFACS New Teacher of the Year (2016)

Mika received her B.S.E. degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She has been a Family and Consumer Science teacher and FCCLA adviser for 6 years. Mika started her teaching career at White Hall High School where she spent four years teaching. The last two years Mika has been at Conway Area Career Center. Mika was the AATFACS new teacher of the year in 2016 and was awarded FCCLA Master Adviser in 2018. 


Mika is a mother to Stella and Lucas ages two and five. She is also married to her husband Daniel, of eight years. In her free time Mika enjoys traveling, kayaking, reading, hiking, and activism. 

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President Elect: Mollie Sanford

Your AATFACS President Elect is Mrs. Mollie Sanford. Mollie earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Human Science Education ​ from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and her Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University. Mollie is married to her husband Dillon and they have two children.


Mollie is currently teaching at White Hall High School. She currently teaches Family and Consumer Sciences, Child Development and Parenting, Food Safety and Nutrition, and Orientation to Teaching. She is also the adviser of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. 

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Awards/Honors
2018-19 AATFACS New Teacher of the Year
2018-19 ACTE New Teacher of the Year 
2017-18 AATFACS Nominating Chair
2017-18 Dumas New Tech High School Teacher of the Year
2017-18 Dumas School District Teacher of the Year
2017-18 AATFACS New Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist
2017-2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Regional Finalist

Secretary: Sue Gibson

Sue Gibson serves as our AATFACS Secretary. She received her B.S. degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA in 1980 in Vocational Home Economics Education. She pursued her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northwestern Louisiana University in Natchitoches, LA, and Plus Thirty graduate hours to receive certification in Special Education.


Sue teaches FACS Investigations to every 7th grade student in her school and the Leadership and Service Learning elective. She has completed 32 years of classroom experience. Sue has been blessed with three happily married children and three grandsons.


Contact Information:

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Awards/Honors

National Finalist in ACTE Community Service (2016)

Region IV ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award (2016)

Arkansas ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award (2015)

ACTE Service Project Awards winner: Arkansas Children’s Hospital (2013)

Arkansas Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year (2012)

ACTE Service Project Awards winner: Arkansas Rice Depot Food Bank (2012)

ACTE Service Project Awards winner: Breast Cancer Awareness (2011)

Treasurer: Tuer Kennard 

Tuer Kennard serves as your AATFACS Treasurer. She is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus on Family and Consumer Sciences.  She has also earned a Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership from UCA. She has recently been named a Discovery Education Lead Innovator for Midland High School; taking on the challenge as a STEAM education mentor for other teachers in her district. Tuer currently teaches Food and Nutrition, Child Development, Parenting, FCSI, FACS, Clothing I and Housing at Midland High School where she also serves as an FCCLA Adviser.
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Parliamentarian: Sheri Deaton 

AATFACS Parliamentarian Sheri Deaton is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where she received both her BSE in Career and Technical Education with a concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences and MAT in Career and Technical Education. Additionally, Sheri achieved National Board certification in 2011.


Sheri, her husband Micah, and their two children recently relocated to Northwest Arkansas. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences for three years at Glen Rose Schools and for ten years at White Hall High School. Sheri is currently an instructor in the College of Education at the University of Arkansas and works with all Career and Technical Education students, with a special concentration on Family and Consumer Science Education.


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Awards/Honors

*Curriculum and Instruction Teacher of the Year, University of Arkansas (2018) 

*Arkansas Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Post Sedondary Teacher of the Year (2018)

*Arkansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (AATFACS) Post Secondary Teacher of the Year (2018)

*Arkansas Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Teacher of the Year (2014-15)

*Arkansas Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (AATFACS) Teacher of the Year (2014-15)

*White Hall School District Secondary Teacher of the Year (2013-14)

*Family, Career, and Community Leaders of American Honorary Membership Award Recipient (2013)

*Arkansas Family and Consumer Sciences Community Service Teacher of the Year (2011)

Committee Chairpersons 

Audit Reviews: Judy Ward

Awards Chair: Mary Smith

AATFACS Awards Chair is Mary Smith.  Mary is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas.  She teaches Family & Consumer Sciences at Manila High Schools to grades 9-12 with programs of study in Family & Consumer Sciences Education and Advanced Nutrition & Dietetics. 

Mary also sponsors FCCLA and is assistant Cross Country and Track Coach.  Her husband Richie teaches 3rd grade at Manila and their two children, both recent graduates of UCA,  live in Conway.

Awards/Honors:
*2016 Noble Impact Educators Summit CTE Civic Innovation Challenge 1st place team
*2014 AATFACS Teacher of the Year 
*2014 Arkansas ACTE Teacher of the Year
*2012 FCCLA National Integration of Core Academics Award
*2009 Arkansas Association FCCLA Honorary Membership

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By-Laws: Linda Benton

Mrs. Linda D. Benton is a veteran teacher of Family and Consumer Sciences with twenty years experience. Mrs. Benton began her teaching career at Hope High School, Hope, Arkansas with Gloria Merrick as her mentor teacher. She is 1978 Cum Laude graduate of Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas.


Mrs. Benton currently works for the Prescott School District where she serves ad both a Family and Consumer Science instructor and and adviser to the Prescott High School FCCLA. She has faithfully served our organization as  the District V FCCLA Star Events Coordinator, State FACS Textbook Adoption committee member, and ProStart Curriculum committee member. Additionally, Mrs. Benton has served as an Ouachita Baptist University Educational Talent Search Satellite Instructor and class sponsor for 17 years.


As a first generation college graduate, her philosophy on teaching echoes the scripture Luke 12:48 “To whom much is given much is required.” 


“Every child can learn. As a teacher I must help them unmask their learning potential and allow them to explore the world through knowledge.”

Awards/Honors:

*FCCLA Master Adviser 

*FCCLA Mentor Adviser 

*Outstanding Young Woman in America winner

*Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Member of the Year

*Who's Who Among American Teachers

*2005 National Honors Society Outstanding teacher

*Arkansas Hospitality Association ProStart Teacher of the Year

* National Restaurant Association ProStart Teacher Training and Development Award

*WiSE (Working in Support of Education) certification

*Financial Literacy Certification

*Serve Safe Certified Instructor and Proctor 


Contact Information:

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CTE Scholarship Support Fund: Shelia Churchill

Nominating Chair: Lynzie Martin

Lynzie received her B.S.E. degree in General Human Environmental Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Harding University in Searcy. Lynzie’s hometown is Brinkley, Arkansas. She has been a Family and Consumer Science teacher and an FCCLA Adviser for four years. Lynzie started teaching at Carlisle High School for one semester followed by a year at Jonesboro High School. Lynzie is beginning her third year at White Hall Middle School where she teaches seventh grade FCSI and has an active FCCLA chapter. Lynzie enjoys calling the hogs, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Resolutions: Lisa Stanley

Advisory Committee (Past Presidents)

Past President: Maynette Stroud

Awards/Honors:

FCCLA Master Adviser (2007)
Arkansas FCCLA Honorary Member (2015)
FCCLA Adviser Mentor (2016) 
AATFACS Teacher of the Year (2018)
ACTE Teacher of the Year (2018) 

Maynette Stroud serves as your AATFACS Past President. She received her B.S.E. degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. She has been a Family and Consumer Science teacher for 24 years, six years in North Little Rock School district and the the past eighteen years at Vilonia High School. Maynette has also faithfully served as  a FCCLA adviser for 23 years. 


She teaches Child Development and Parenting, Child Care Guidance Management and Services, Senior Finance, and Orientation to Teaching. Maynette has been married to her husband Tim for 24 years and they have one son who is an engineering major at Harding University. Her hobbies include traveling, photography, reading, and church activities. 

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Brenda Lumpkin 

Brenda Lumpkin is graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a BSE in Home Economics and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. She is married to her husband, Joe, and they have two children.


She is teaches Orientation to Teaching I and Child Care Guidance, Management and Services classes. She also advises two student organizations, Educators Rising and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Club.


She currently serves on the Arkansas ACTE Board of Directors as the Arkansas ACTE Awards Chair and is the PLC Leader for the BHS FACS Department.


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Awards/Honors

*Bentonville High School FCCLA Adviser 2000 – 2016

*District 1 STAR Events Coordinator 2009 -2011

*Arkansas FCCLA Master Adviser Award 2008

*Bessie B Moore Economics Award 2006


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