Classroom Tour

I teach Junior High and High School in two career pathways (Family and Community Services and Early Childhood Development and Services) and I am the adviser for FCCLA. We are a small rural town with about 80 students in our high school.

Courses I teach include: 7th grade FCS, 8th grade FCS, Family Studies, Human Growth and Development, Nutrition and Wellness, Career and Life Planning, Foundations to Early Childhood Development, Career and Community Connections, and Early Childhood Applications.

Here are a few pictures of my classroom.


View from my kitchens of my classroom


View from my desk


View from the door into my room


FCCLA Message Board outside my classroom door


View of kitchens from the door

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

As part of my nutrition and wellness class, we are learning about and discussing fad diets. A few months ago, I had a former student give a presentation on juicing. She had done a 10 day juice cleanse for a project and needed to present her information to another group. It was a great opportunity for her to speak to our class, and it was great for my class too. During her presentation, she mentioned the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. It sounded quite interesting, so I purchased the DVD, watched it, and tried to decide how to incorporate it into my classroom.

We are on a block schedule, so Tuesday we watched the documentary. It is a little over 90 minutes long. I picked out two recipes from the recipe book my student had given us. We choose the “Mean Green” that is used in the movie, and a Pear Pie Delight. The students loved it! They didn’t all like the green juice, but everyone liked the Pear Pie Delight. We also shared with a few teachers and administrators our juice. After juicing, my students completed a Reflective Essay about the movie that I found on Google and adjusted it to fit my class.

Here are the juice recipes and the Reflective Essay assignment (found from a Google Search of the movie) I used for class.

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Writing Assignment

Joe’s Mean Green

4 green apples

2 cucumbers

16 Kale Leaves

8 Celery Sticks

1 lemon

2 in. piece of ginger

Pear Pie Delight

1 sweet potato

2 pears

1 red apple

1 1/3 cups blueberries