East Central’s Osman Named Family & Consumer Sciences National Teacher Of The Year
By Mike Perleberg
East Central High School teacher Brenda Osman has been named the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Teacher of the Year. Photo provided.
(St. Leon, Ind.) – Brenda Osman has built East Central High School’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America program into one of the best in the nation.
Her work was recognized on Thursday when — during a surprise reveal with her FCCLA students — she learned she was named the National Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
“My project that I wrote about was called ‘Community Engagement,’” says Osman. “It was how my students are engaged in the community and how we work with all the organizations around us and we get the kids out to the community and work with the elderly or elementary schools or we do something with Safe Passage. Obviously, we engage our students at the high school and the middle school all that we can.”
Osman has been teaching at East Central High School for 21 years. Her courses such as culinary arts, fashion, child development and social services were once considered home economics, but are now under the umbrella of family and consumer sciences.
She had been named the AAFCS’ Indiana Teacher of the Year in 2016. That made her a nominee for the national award. Osman earned it thanks in part to her excellent guidance of East Central’s FCCLA program.
“It’s a lot of work, but I really do love it and it’s great for our kids,” says Osman.
This year, two EC students are national FCCLA officers. Fifty-two of the 70 students who went to last year’s state FCCLA conference qualified for the national conference.
Letters of recommendation from FCCLA student parent Michelle Deddens and Allyson Reiger, family and consumer science specialist at the Indiana Department of Education, helped Osman stand out as the top choice for national teacher of the year.
Osman recognized a few others who helped her achieve the award, including fellow FCCLA sponsor Ashley McConnell, ECHS Principal Bev Ester, and Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools Superintendent Andrew Jackson.
The Trojan teacher will be honored at a luncheon at the AAFCS annual conference to be held in Dallas, Texas June 25-28. She will also receive a $2,500 prize.