Michael Rupured, UGA Extension Consumer Economics Specialist and Senior Public Service Associate, has been named the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Rupured was presented the award at the GATFCS annual conference in Savannah earlier this month.
Rupured began his career with UGA Extension in 1999, following an eight-year stint at Kentucky State University’s extension program and two years as a program leader at the USDA. He was named assistant to FACS dean Linda Kirk Fox in 2013, serving as liaison between the college and the Georgia Department of Education.
He also coordinates the college’s professional development opportunities for teachers.
In this role, Rupured trains family and consumer sciences teachers at the high school level, ensuring they have the latest resources and information to keep their lessons current and engaging.
“Helping teachers is near and dear to me,” Rupured said. “I learned early on that what teachers really want is things they can do in the classroom. They need information but they also need the activities that go along with it. I think they kept asking me to come back because I gave them lots of activities they could take to their classrooms.”
Rupured is past president and Distinguished Fellow of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, and received the University of Georgia’s prestigious Walter B. Hill Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach in 2009.
Rupured is now eligible for the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award to be announced in July.
“I’ve worked with adult audiences my entire Extension career, and the difference with teachers is they’re going to take what I give them and use it over and over with however many students they may interact with,” Rupured said. “I think about the multiplier effect and the lives I’m able to reach, however indirectly, and I know in my heart I’m making a difference.”
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