Hilary Birdsell recently received the 2013 Minnesota FACS New Achiever’s Award which is given to those individuals who show potential for making significant contributions in the field of family and consumer sciences.
Birdsell is a 2003 graduate of St. James High School and the daughter of Terry and Heidi Engel of St. James. Following her graduation from St. James High School, Birdsell received her bachelor of science in family and consumer sciences.
She then began teaching at Watertown-Mayer High School and Mankato West. Birdsell is currently the seven through twelfth grade FACS teacher at Central Public Schools in Norwood Young America, where she also coaches the Tri-City United Dance Team.
As the Winner of the 2013 Minnesota FACS New Achiever’s Award, Birdsell will represent Minnesota at the national level.
“I could win the National New Achievers Award,” said Birdsell. “I am so very excited to receive this award and am honored to represent Minnesota.”
Birdsell will apply for the national scholarship in November and will compete against other FACS professionals in the United States.
“This is very exciting news as this is my sixth year of teaching and am really trying to push the importance of what FACS means to families, schools, and communities,” said Birdsell.
Birdsell currently lives in Montgomery, Minn. with her husband Jason and eight-year-old stepson Mavrick. She is the recording secretary for the Minnesota Association of Family Consumer Sciences and continues to teach FACS.
“I truly love what I teach and how I am teaching students the skills needed for life,” said Birdsell.