About Kayla

I am a Family and Consumer Sciences and Health teacher to 7-12 students at a small school in rural Iowa. Because I have no coworkers in my departments, this blog is where I connect with other content-area teachers. I hope you find it helpful. Please leave a comment and say hello!

I live in a small town with my husband, two yellow labs, and my soon-to-be son, due January 2020.

In my spare time I enjoy needlework, reading, cooking, and gardening. I blog about my hobbies at Pins’s Needles.


  • Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, 2019
  • Master of Arts in Instructional Technology, University of Northern Iowa, 12 credits completed
  • Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies, Iowa State University 2011
  • Associate of Arts, Northeast Iowa Community College, 2008




  • Shai-Lin Mulroy December 7, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Kayla, you have so many amazing ideas on this website!!!! I am teacher Foods in Stony Plain, Alberta and am new to the course and your website is such an amazing resource. LOVE the unique lesson ideas and the links at the end of the lessons are amazing! Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your generosity in sharing !!

    • kaylapins January 4, 2019 at 9:24 am

      I’m glad you find it helpful! Welcome!

  • Darren December 19, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I had a question Id like just to my email. Do you still use the myfitnesspal website for ypur students?

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