Lorrie Coop, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service family and community health agent in Knox County has been named the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, or NEAFCS, Educator of the Year.
The award recognizes a professional Extension family and consumer sciences educator who is conducting outstanding educational programs that demonstrate impact on families, according to the association. Coop received the award at the NEAFCS national conference in San Antonio.
Criteria require the member to have previously received the Distinguished Service Award and Continued Excellence Award from the association and to be involved in continued professional improvement activities and professional organizations.
Coop began her career with AgriLife Extension in 2004 after serving 11 years with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a child protective services specialist.
Some of Coop’s achievements outlined in the nomination are:
- Facilitating $311,839 in grant funding to improve accessibility and provide Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant improvements to the AgriLife Extension county office and to provide a safer path along U.S. Highway 82 in Benjamin with the addition of 6-foot sidewalks.
- Provided education to families on proper usage and installation of child safety seats, seat belt safety, bicycle safety and hyperthermia prevention while performing 430 seat inspections and correcting 427 incidences of misuse during 25 check-up events and/or individual appointments.
- Initiated and carried through a partnership with Helen Farabee Centers to provide a community youth mental health literacy program to over 300 teachers, community leaders and parents.
- Provided a summer workforce program for 60 high school students through a Parallel Pathways grant; and a comprehensive program to teach leadership skills to citizens and increase civic participation in her rural community.
She has earned numerous other awards with the national and Texas FCS association, as well as from Epsilon Sigma Phi, AgriLife Extension, the National and State Association of Extension 4-H Agents and the Texas Rural Leadership Program.
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