Republic’s Grapes named New Teacher of the Year by professional group

Kailey Grapes, from Republic High School, has been selected to receive the 2020 New Teacher of the Year Award from Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences and Human Services (MoEFACS).
The New Teacher of the Year Award is given to a Missouri FACS teacher for making significant contributions to FACS through curriculum development and/or providing multiple FCCLA opportunities for students.
Grapes, a graduate of Missouri State’s Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education, is teaching for her fourth year this year at Republic High School, prior to that she taught one year at Hollister High School. Grapes has written and implemented new curriculum into multiple courses. She has taught a variety of FCS courses including ProStart, Health & Nutrition, Relationship Skills, Fashion, and Interior Design. She recently incorporated the new Fashion/Interior Design Pathways into RHS curriculum, creating four new courses for their program. Grapes has turned multiple courses into PBL courses and integrated FCCLA Star Event projects into the curriculum. In addition to her traditional courses, she is also the lead online Health & Nutrition instructor for RHS during summer school.
Current student, Emma Thompson, said of Ms. Grapes, “She has had such an impact on my life not only as my teacher but also as a mentor. She has helped me to complete projects I never thought I would be able to do. She has pushed me out of my shell and she has taught me so many life skills. I have been in a fashion show and even made a product for it. She also welcomed me into FCCLA after taking one of her first fashion classes.
ShAt Regionals everyone from Republic received gold and made it to state.” 
Grapes will be recognized July 22, at the MoEFACS Awards and Recognition Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. In addition to being recognized in July, the Missouri Educators of Family and Consumer Sciences will be forwarding her application on to the Missouri Association of Career & Technical Educators (MoACTE) as well as the National Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFACS), where she will be competing for the New Teacher of the Year Award there as well.


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