The Idaho Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Association, Inc. (IFCS) strives to promote and provide opportunities for continual personal and professional development so that Family and Consumer Science educators can prepare individuals for life and work, strengthen families, and support communities. 


  • to align with interconnected organizations and associations such as Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), Career and Technical Educators of Idaho (CTEI), and the National Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences  (NATFCS), and other organizations, as appropriate, that are concerned with family life and career preparation.
  • to cultivate cooperative opportunities for FCS teachers to further the progress of Idaho FCS programs through the exchange of ideas, expectations, and resources.
  • to encourage and promote enhanced understanding of the value of FCS programs to communities, employers, families, schools, and students.
  • to facilitate the teaching of workplace readiness skills through FCS cluster programs and industry aligned pathways.
  • to interact with policymakers to aid in the improvement and support of CTE education and FCS programs as an avenue to improve the quality of life for students and their families.
  • to offer a platform for group expression and action dealing with key issues related to FCS.
  • to promote pre-service and in-service professional development opportunities for FCS educators.
  • to support professionalism through leadership development, program improvement, policy advocacy related to FCS and CTE, and networking.

Click here to affiliate! Dues are $20 annually and you must also be a member of CTEI ($20).  Your membership supports legislative advocacy, CTE tools, professional development, and a network of like-minded professionals who are focused on preparing students for life after high school. Membership questions can be directed to Toni Elorrieta, Treasurer / Membership.

We will not be collecting national membership dues, however we would like to recommend that you join National CTE and FCS Associations. Click the association name to be directed to their site:

1. Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) $80

(ACTE is working to add a link on the ACTE website so that you can join NATFCS concurrently with one registration. If it doesn’t pop up, you will need to use the link below. Also, be sure that you don’t double pay CTEI dues, click ”I would like to join only the national ACTE”).

2. National Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFCS) $20Note: You must be a member of ACTE to be a member of NATFCS.

3. American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) $150: 

IFCS Board:  Click board member name to contact by email

President: Jessica Wahlen
President Elect: Shantel Tavoian
Past President:
Secretary: Valerie Stringham 
Treasurer: Toni Elorrieta
CTEI Rep: Mindy Pals
Dist 1 Rep: Molly Miller
Dist 2 Rep: Kara Herndon 
Dist 3 Rep: Leta Kipper 
Dist 4 Rep: Leah Scott 
Dist 5 Rep: Tammy Luker
Dist 6 Rep: Brenda Williams 
FCS Program Manager: Theresa Golis (Ex-officio)
FCCLA CTSO Manager: Vacant (Ex-officio)

2021 Award Recipients:

Creative / Innovative Teacher: Shantel Tavoian, Malad High School

Distinguished Service: Jessica Wahlen, Rigby High School

Meritorious Service: Toni Elorrieta, Valley High School

New CTE Teacher: Kara Herndon, Tammany Alternative High School

Outstanding Service (Support Organization/Individual): Rebecca Hutchings, University of Idaho Extension Minidoka County

Outstanding Support from a Business: Barbara Scully, FCS Connect

Outstanding Teacher in Community Service: No applicants 2021

Teacher of the Year: Leah Scott, Gooding High School


Bylaws: IFCS Bylaws

Policies and Procedures:

Statement of Financial Activities: FY21 Report

Statement of Financial Activities: FY22 Report

Meeting Minutes: 2020-2021 Minutes

Grants & Leadership (Current members only): Application for Funds

List of [ IFCS Board & Members ] (CTEI members only)

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