TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Former Ford City teacher honored

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Linda Schaeffer
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:41 a.m.
 

A former Ford City High School teacher was recognized for a half-century of serving Armstrong County and a national home economics association last weekend.

Linda Schaeffer, 69, of Burrell received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences during its annual meeting in St. Louis.

She received the award for developing a training program for the association's state affiliates and for helping to expand the New Choices Career Development Center into Armstrong County.

“People don't realize home economics is a lot more than just cooking and sewing,” Schaeffer said. “It includes a variety of fields, like housing and family management, which got me interested in pursuing it.”

Schaeffer joined the association 50 years ago while she was an undergraduate studying home economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She served as the executive director of the association's Pennsylvania affiliate for 30 years.

Schaeffer earned bachelor's and master's degrees in home economics from IUP. She became a home economics teacher at Ford City High School in 1966, where she helped introduce a child development lab, which is a preschool program supervised by high school students.

She left the school in 1972 when her daughter, Sara, was born and eventually became a part-time home economics teacher at IUP. Schaeffer began working for the New Choices Career Development Center at IUP in 1984. She was its director from 1990 until her retirement in 2002.

“The center targets women, primarily, who found themselves needing employment because their family's main breadwinner died, left or wasn't able to continue working for any reason,” Schaeffer said.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Armstrong

  1. Road, entrance may ease traffic, Dayton Fair officials say
  2. Explosive second day at Camp Cadet in Manor
  3. Natural soaps, spinning demo among attractions at Fort Armstrong Folk Festival
  4. Paradise Park Rib Fest reviving legendary stage in Cowansville
  5. Worker injured when excavator backs over him in Kittanning
  6. West Kittanning church marks 100 years of ups and downs
  7. Police: Escaped Armstrong County inmate armed, dangerous homicide suspect
  8. South Buffalo airport gets Armstrong County funding for study
  9. Armstrong reaches out for opinions about how to use closed schools
  10. Rural Valley judge hanging up robes after 34 years on the bench
  11. Kittanning 5K raising money for Habitat for Humanity