Shirley H. Ware has taught textiles, garment construction, and quilting to people ages 4-80. She believes the future of the sewing industry is in the hands of our young people. With all the non communication electronics in society today, it is important to have a creative leisure activity that develops skills and friendships as well as saving money through inexpensive gift giving and recycling materials. Shirley has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s from The Ohio State University. Shirley taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Long Lake Central School for 13 years before moving to her current locations at Cicero-North Syracuse High School and as a Fashion adjunct professor at Cazenovia College. In Long Lake Shirley taught Family and Consumer Sciences K-12. She developed a unique curriculum called Outdoor Living, where students studied Family and Consumer Sciences content topics related to the outdoors. Shirley has published “How Quilting and Sewing burns calories”. Shirley’s high school students have won gold medals in competition at the state and national level in Fashion Design and Construction. Recently, Shirley was named by the New York State Affiliate of the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS,) as 2012 Teacher of the Year. As a finalist for New York, Shirley moved on to rank second in the nation. Shirley Ware was recognized as an exemplary family and consumer sciences teacher who exhibits a deep commitment to the profession and to the Association. She was identified as a teacher having an outstanding educational program that utilizes methods, techniques, and activities integrated into the curriculum to provide the stimulus for and give visibility to family and consumer sciences elementary and secondary education. Shirley traveled to accept the award at the National AAFCS conference, in June, 2013 in Houston Texas.