Family Consumer Science

Family Consumer Science


Mrs. Vensel

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 330-830-3901 Ext: 51408

Education: Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Master of Arts in Family & Child Development. ServSafe certified through the National Restaurant Association. I have also attended Loretta Paganini School of Cooking and taken classes in knife skills, bread making, herbs & spices, and various cooking techniques.

Work Experience:  11 years teaching Family & Consumer Science Education at WHS; 1 year teaching Life Skills at Lutheran East High School; 5 years Director of Children & Youth Services at JCC Community Center.

Hobbies: My hobbies include spending time with my husband and four kids. We enjoy camping trips, bike rides and hiking. I also enjoy trying new foods and recipes.

Mrs. Ryder

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 330-830-3901 Ext: 51406

Education: Bowling Green State University-Bachelor’s in Vocational Home Economics; Malone University-Master’s of Education in School Counseling.

Work Experience: 24 Years teaching High School Family Consumer Sciences. 3 years at WHS and previous experience with Wooster and Tuslaw school districts.

Hobbies: Running and fitness activities; Children's athletic events and organizations; spending time with family; helping others.


"Creative Cooking" is designed to teach students about basic kitchen safety and sanitation, family meal planning, measurements, and healthy food selections. Kitchen equipment and the food technology are also key components. Students will participate in teacher-led labs.

“Healthy Lifestyles” is a sequential course that builds on concepts from Creative Cooking. This course addresses more complex concepts in nutrition and foods, with emphasis on cultural foods, food science, and nutrition and new food experiences.

“Gourmet Foods” is a year long class that builds on the skills developed in Creative Cooking. This class is a student led class exploring various cooking and baking techniques, nutrition, culture, global foods, hospitality, and restaurant management. This class is an in-depth study of the culinary arts designed for students with a passion for food and service. ServSafe kitchen safety and sanitation FDA food code provided from the National Restaurant association is incorporated into the curriculum.

“Parent and Child Development” provides students with knowledge of how parents and child care providers meet the needs of infants and young children to provide for healthy growth and development. Prominent theories of child psychology will be studied. Each student will be required to care for a ‘Real Care’ Baby one weekend during the semester.

“Personal Finance” is one course option for completing the Financial Literacy requirement. This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts involved in managing one’s personal finances-topics may include savings and investing, credit, identity theft, insurance, taxes and social security, spending patterns and budget planning, contracts, and consumer protection.

Career Technical Student Organization: FCCLA(Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)

Career Opportunities

  1. Culinary Arts

  2. Pastry Chef

  3. Hospitality Management

  4. Food Service Industry

  5. Dietetics/Nutritionist

  6. Early Childhood Education

  7. Daycare worker

  8. Family and Consumer Science Education

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