Lois Nelson Lewis M.S. ’83 has been named the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Teacher of the Year. She was honored in June at the AAFCS national convention in Indianapolis.

She also was named teacher of the year by the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Lewis teaches in northern Minnesota at Indus School, Birchdale, in the South Koochiching-Rainy River School District.

The impetus for the national award came from her Healthy Initiatives program, which “outlines my efforts at creating a healthier school environment and helping students to identify and pursue a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition balanced with exercise,” Lewis said. Her program successes include innovative methods, relevancy, action-oriented projects, grant funding and visibility.

In Indianapolis she presented on Healthy Initiatives at the opening session, where she received a $2,500 check from Goodheart-Willcox, textbook publishers. In addition, she presented at the  Elementary, Secondary and Adult Education Curriculum Showcase and luncheon.

“Lois has a very special, insightful and student-focused passion for teaching students,” said Donna Butterfield, president of the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. “She exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of a creative family and consumer sciences professional in her classroom and in her community.”

Lewis also was honored in 2011 as a regional Positive Promotions Teacher of the Year.

Lois Lewis