Richland One teacher wins National Advisor Award

July 14, 2020

Melanie Williams, Eau Claire High School’s family and consumer sciences teacher, was one of 26 teachers in the nation to be named as a Master Adviser by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Williams was recognized at the organization’s first Virtual National Leadership Conference July 7-9. 

The FCCLA’s Master Adviser Award acknowledges innovative teachers who have successfully advised an affiliated chapter for a minimum of three years; continuously promote family and consumer sciences (FCS) education; and motivate and mentor students to reach their highest potential. Thanks to the guidance and groundwork of FCCLA master advisers, students can excel in competitive events, serve in leadership roles, and gain real-world skills through FCS education. 

Williams, who has been an FCCLA advisor for 12 years, has inspired her students to become state FCCLA officers and seek national leadership positions. As honored as she is to receive this award, she credits her Eau Claire students for helping her to achieve this honor.

“Without my amazing students, none of this would be possible. They are really the ones that deserve this award. They work hard in my family and consumer science class, on their STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) event projects, and during state and national FCCLA conferences. They just make me look good. I love them. This is not only for me, but for all of the members of the South Carolina FCCLA.”

FCCLA has more than 182,000 members and 5,253 chapters from associations in 48 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Learn more about the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at this link: FCCLA