It’s funny how we often end up being the last thing we ever planned on becoming.
Laura Beaver certainly didn’t plan on being a teacher — both of her parents are educators — and she certainly didn’t plan on becoming a family and consumer teacher — just like her mom.
But then, perhaps that might be a pretty good way to spend one’s life after all.
“I really enjoyed taking her classes. I enjoyed going to practicums and interacting with students,” Beaver recalls.
Today, as the new Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teacher at Boone High School, Beaver appreciates the difference teachers make in the lives of young people and particularly values the skills taught in FCS classes.
“I love seeing the joy after they have made something that they are proud of,” she says.
A Clarinda native, Beaver earned her bachelor of science degree in family and consumer science education from Iowa State University in December 2012 and landed her first job almost immediately.
“I was a long-term sub at IKM-Manning for the Family and Consumer Science teacher,” she explains.
And, as almost any teacher will agree, substitute teaching is one of the toughest jobs in education. Still, Beaver loved every minute of the experience.
Even her student teaching assignments were unique in that her FCS students at Hampton-Dumont operated their own café.
Now with her own FCS classroom at Boone High School, Beaver would like to expand opportunities for students here. As a student herself she was active in an organization known as Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). (Baby Boomers, we remember it as Future Homemakers of America.)
“I really loved being involved in FCCLA, and I’m in the process of starting one here in Boone. It gives you a lot of leadership opportunities, and I think there was an FHA in Boone at some point,” she says.
Beaver teaches beginning foods, creative foods, and parenting as electives to students in grades 9 through 12. She hopes students will come away from her classes with skills to last a lifetime.