HONESDALE – The Pennsylvania Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Inc. (PAFCS) has named Gretchen Finney its PAFCS 2016 Teacher of the Year Award recipient.

Finney is a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher at Honesdale High School.

PAFCS is an affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). It was established in 1923.

In 1977 PAFCS was incorporated as the Pennsylvania Home Economics Association, but was later changed to the PAFCS in 1993.

According to the AAFCS, its mission is to “provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.”

Every year the PAFCS honors individuals who excel in family and consumer sciences.

“I am very honored to have been chosen for this award,” Finney stated.

“The purpose of the award is to identify and recognize outstanding educational programs, methods, techniques and activities integrated into the curriculum that provide the stimulus for, and give visibility to, Family and Consumer Sciences education.”

Finney is originally from Dalton and currently resides in Greentown. She is married to Roy Finney, who owns The Boat Shop on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Finney has a Bachelors in FACS from Marywood University and a Masters in Instructional Leadership from Wilkes University.

She has been teaching FACS for nine years, with the last three in the Wayne Highlands School District.

“Students learn so many skills in our classrooms,” Finney stated.

“I teach Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Personal Responsibilities & Family Living, Interior Design, Fashion Creations, Teen Living and Crafts at Honesdale High School.”

She added practical skills for employment, understanding the importance of nutrition, appropriate childcare practices, financial literacy, resource management and preparing for life after high school are just a few of those skills.

“As Family and Consumer Sciences teachers we are empowering our students to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse world and I am proud to say I teach FACS,” Finney stated.

In order to help special education students, Finney created a Personal Responsibilities and Family Living Program/Course that is specifically designed for them.

The course covers topics such as job training, money management and social skills.

Honesdale High School has applauded Finney for her initiative and “recognizes her efforts as truly instrumental in supporting and advancing the mission of Family and Consumer Sciences in Pennsylvania,” according to a release.

Outside of teaching Finney likes spending time with her family and friends, horseback riding, skiing and water surfing.

Finney will be honored during the PAFCS awards event in April. It will take place in Indiana, PA.

For more information visit www.pafcs.org.

Information from a release was used in this story.