Los Altos Hills resident Janice Tuttle recently received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award at the state meeting of the Home Economics Teachers Association of California. The organization presents the annual award to a teacher who actively promotes interest and pride in the profession via workshops and curriculum roundtables.
Tuttle teaches nutrition and culinary arts at Mills High School in Millbrae. She served as adviser to both regional and state officers for the student career technical organization FHA-HERO. Her students have won numerous awards at state and national levels. Last year Tuttle received California State STAR Advisor recognition for her contributions to students’ success in leadership roles at the state level.
She recently organized a Viking Iron Chef competition in which faculty and students formed teams to compete. She received a Dream, Dare, Do award for her cross-curricular project that involved constructing a school garden.
Elizabeth Williams, president of the Home Economics Teachers Association of California, described Tuttle as a role model for her students and student teachers.
“Her positive attitude has encouraged and inspired students and fellow educators,” Williams said.