She is the only family and consumer sciences teacher in the high school.
“I love teaching my students life skills, like being a good parent or preparing healthy, nutritious meals,” she said, citing 21 classes she has taught including subjects such as child development, foods and nutrition, food science, architecture and design, catering, health and leadership.
As part of her teaching and outreach, Larson directs the high school chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, which promotes personal growth and leadership development. About 25% of students take part, and the chapter consistently ranks in the top three in the state for membership. Students can take part in an FCCLA event each year at UW-Stout.
Larson, who has three children, is licensed to teach health education and earned a minor in health at UW-Stout. She is a certified CPR instructor and has been active as a volunteer in Amery and Polk counties. Her husband, Neil, also is a UW-Stout graduate and teaches technology education in the Clear Lake school district.
Larson also teaches summer classes at Clear Lake Elementary.