2018 Teacher of the Year
Candice is a graduate of Keene State College with a BS degree in Family and Consumer Science and a Minor in Business Management. Candice is an excellent teacher who is dedicated to the success of each and every one of her learners, and is professionally committed to the promotion of Family and Consumer Science courses of study. During her 13 year career at Hollis Brookline High School, Candace has established popular classes in Foods and Nutrition 1 and 2, Human Relations, and Interior Design and created a new Fashion and Retail Merchandising course.
Candice has forged close working relationships with local LIving Earth Farm in Brookline and Cooperative Extension farmers, with whom she collaborates to provide real world experiences for her students. The organic gardening program that Mrs. Hancock created, “Organic Farm to Table – a Growing Program” provides an authentic learning environment for students to design logos, install systems, plant and harvest. Organic produce is collected throughout the year, and enough is yielded to supplement the school lunch program at Hollis Brookline High School. Candice’s approach to teaching is highly professional and greatly respected by students, parents, co-workers and by the administration at Hollis Brookline High School.
Outside the classroom, Candice has invited students with a passion for cooking to share their talents together in Culinary Club. Her Fashion and Merchandising students run a fashion show to sponsor non profit “Catie’s Closet”, and Foods and Nutrition students create peer to peer teaching posters displayed throughout the school. Foods and Nutrition students also support Hollis Old Home Days by making pies and in last year they successfully competed and won the 2017 New Hampshire Teen Cook-Off. Candace is ServSafe certified, and has directed Hollis Brookline to band with NHFTS organization @FarmtoSchool.
Candice joined the NHAFCS Board as Member at Large, then she quickly took on the challenging role of Webmaster. She maintains the site with current and relevant content, and under her directorate the website has seen increased traffic and visibility. Currently, Candice also serves as President Elect.