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Blackduck High School alumna receives distinguished award

Deborah Larson, 1969 graduate of Blackduck High School, has been honored as the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year.

She is the daughter of John and Beverly Ruzicka of Nebish. She said sge was very influenced by Home Economic teachers Elsie Gerner and Anna Mae Flora.

Gerner received this award in 1980 and Larson said it is a credit to her to receive this reward for her mentorship.Debbie graduated from the University of Minnesota and has a Master's Degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Larson was selected for her outstanding work in promoting Math skills in the Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. Math scores are at an all-time low across the nation and she has written and published two books with activities for teachers to use in their classrooms.

She has spoken at conferences in Minnesota and presented at the National Association for State Administrators for Family and Consumer Sciences National Conference in Philadelphia in 2009.

Her passion for the Family and Consumer Sciences field has been a driving force in her life.

After raising her children, she felt it was time to give back some of her time and became very involved in state and national organizations that influenced and promoted Family and Consumer Sciences. FACS classes teach students the core values and skills necessary to run a home and become successful members of our communities and society.

She is a member of the National Association of American Family and Consumer Sciences, Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Education and the National Association of Career and Technical Education.

She has held numerous officer positions, with her largest position being co-chair of the state conference for MAFCS in 2010. In 2010, she received an award from MAFCS as the Outstanding Family and Consumer Sciences Professional.

She is currently a teacher at Anoka High School in the Anoka-Hennepin School District #11. She will travel to Phoenix AZ in June to represent Minnesota at the National AAFCS conference.

She is married to Jeffrey Larson of Bloomington and they have four sons -- Jeremy, Matthew, Luke and Noah.