Judy Whitener, an instructor of family and consumer sciences at North St. Francois County High School in Bonne Terre, taught students "how to live and how to make a living." Mrs. Whitener taught classes in parenting skills, child development and interpersonal relations. During the years, Mrs. Whitener served on the National Board of Directors for the Future Homemakers of America, she co-authored a co-curricular handbook and worked on the inception of Families First, a new national program. At her school, Mrs. Whitener had developed FHA/HERO,now known as Family Career and Community Leaders of America, a co-curricular program that allows students attending family and consumer sciences classes to develop leadership skills through their involvement in Future Homemakers of America. In this program, students have created a nutritional coloring book for children; organized holiday festivities for the elderly, the sick and preschool children; and developed educational programs on child abuse, self-esteem and drug and alcohol prevention.
1969 University of Mississippi, B.A.