Lauren Quint of CTE Family and Consumer Sciences: Teachers Pay Teachers

Welcome to Connect FCS Ed. I’m so glad that you’re back, thank you so much for listening. I’m your host Barbara Scully and on today’s episode I have the amazing Lauren Quint. Lauren is an educator, author and social media guru. She puts on the CTE Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Pay Teachers website. She’s all over Instagram and Facebook. She’s just a wealth of information and resources, that she willingly shares all of the time on her website.

Lauren worked as a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, teaching courses in Education & Training, Human Services and Hospitality & Tourism. She now puts on the website, Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT). Which is the go-to platform created by teachers, for teachers to access the community, content, and tools they need to teach at their best.


•  So, I actually left education completely for a while, and I worked for child protective services for five years, which was a great experience and actually ended up being important when I became a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, So I reinstated my teaching certificate after that, and I decided to get certified in Family and Consumer Sciences as well, in Texas, once you get your teaching certificate and you have the PPR, which is what we call in Texas, is professional pedagogy and responsibility for whatever grade levels. I was certified for Early Childhood through 12th grade, so I could teach any grade level. (2:32)

•  So I’ve probably taught 15 or 20 different courses within family consumer sciences, so that’s my history with teaching, and then as I became a stay-at-home mom, I found that when I created these resources and put them up on Teachers Pay Teachers, I was getting good response and found that this was becoming kind of a side hustle to my stay-at-home mom life, so it’s just grown over the last several years, and I’m just trying to help the teachers in the classrooms the way that I wanted that help when I first started. (4:59)

•  It started with just posting the things that I would make in my classroom, so when I first started, I couldn’t find very much on the internet as far as resources, I was pulling from textbooks, and there was never a textbook that matched what my class was actually teaching it was all. I’d have to pick and choose and kind of puzzle piece it together, so I started making my own things, and then when I first found Teachers Pay Teachers, I would put those things on there. (9:41)

•  I want to really balance trying to make this my job really, with also helping teachers and giving them what they need. Because they need it in the classroom, but I also need their ideas on what to make for them, and try to find a balance between those two things. But, there’s a lot more ways that I could expand this, and I hope to do so in the future. I could create other products for family consumer sciences teachers that I’ve been looking into on Etsy, there’s more ways to expand on social media that could help spread the word. (19:51)


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December 09, 2020

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