Houska honored for her support of family and consumer sciences teachers

Kristen Houska
Kristin Houska (right), a Nebraska Extension educator in Lancaster County, receives the partnership award from the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska.

September 11, 2019

Lincoln, Neb. — Kristen Houska, an assistant extension educator with Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County, was awarded with the 2019 annual partnership award from the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska (FCSTN). FCSTN also recognized their continued partnership with Nebraska Extension and Extension's efforts following this year's devastating flooding across the state. 

As a classroom resource and advocate for family and consumer sciences programs, Houska says,  “The most rewarding part of my job is working with the Nutrition Education Program team and the Lincoln community. Our Lincoln community is always working to address current issues and make it a better place to live for all and it is amazing to live and work in a community with this focus.”

The recognition honors Houska's dedication to family and consumer sciences teachers throughout the 2018-19 school year. She and a team of food, nutrition and health extension educators held monthly webinars and in-person professional development experiences sharing research-based food and nutrition resources.

She has been personally impacted by Nebraska Extension throughout her life, participating in 4-H programs while growing up. 

“I am very happy to have the opportunity to work with a program as unique and impactful as the Nutrition Education Program through Nebraska Extension,” Houska said. “I hope that people I have worked with through Extension feel that the information and resources they have received helped their classrooms, families and communities to learn up-to-date, evidence-based information to make their lives easier, healthier and happier.”       

Houska received the award at the at the Nebraska Career Education Conference held in June in Kearney.

Kristen Houska
Assistant Extension Educator
Nebraska Extension

Writer: Natalie Jones, IANR Communications, student, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication