Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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March 25, 2013

PV Teacher Tops in the Class — Bobbi Paxton is still trying to take it all in after being named the top family and consumer sciences teacher in Oklahoma.

Paxton, now in her eighth year of teaching at Pauls Valley High School, was as surprised as anyone when she recently received the top teacher honor from the Oklahoma Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, a statewide group of teachers and extension educators.

”I’m kind of in awe,” Paxton said about the honor.

”It’s hard to believe I got this award, and it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” she said during a conversation in the same classroom where she teaches her students.

”It really is an honor. I’m extremely touched and honored to get this award. I’m still a bit in shock.

”I never realized how much I’d done until I wrote it all down.”

The class Paxton teaches used to be known by many of us as home economics.

Not so anymore. Paxton’s class does focus on food much of the time, but there’s so much more to it these days.

”We do more about the science part of it, how does something work, why it works the way it does,” Paxton said.

“Foods have been the big area, but we’ve done a lot of different type of stuff. We do a variety of things. I just do what the kids want,” she said, referring to the many class projects done over the years.

A good example is a project where students built their own working solar ovens with cardboard.

It turned out to be a big success even though many of her students early on didn’t think it could work

”The kids didn’t think they could cook in a cardboard box,” she said.

”They researched it and found out they could do it.”

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