Empowering Others Through Family and Consumer Sciences!

My name is Vanessa Fitzsimons and I'm the person behind MsFitzFCS.

My lifelong interests morphed into a degree and then two careers in teaching Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). FCS teaches life skills as well as career skills. On this site, you will find FCS lesson ideas that work well in the secondary classroom. Much of the content can also be used to teach young adults these life-long skills! You'll also find projects, tutorials, pattern reviews, and more.

I love to express my own creativity using yarn, thread, and fabric. My mom taught me to sew when I was five and to crochet when I was 12. I also learned embroidery and cross-stitch as a child. In high school, I wanted to learn to knit and a great 4-H leader taught me how.

When I worked for a yarn company, I taught myself to design crocheting patterns and had several published in magazines and online. It wasn't until I was in my 30s that I learned fashion design, pattern design, and pattern draping and drafting for sewn garments and costumes at the University of Idaho.

After working as a county Extension agent in Texas and teaching adults how to cook and manage their diabetes, I became a FCS teacher in a high school, where I taught child development, teen living, foods & nutrition, 2 levels of culinary arts classes, and 2 levels of hospitality classes.

Picture of Vanessa in her sewing room

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