Combine an exemplary role model for servant leadership with professional dedication and passion for family and consumer sciences education. Sprinkle in a good dose of critical-thinking skills, creativity, vision, and commitment to the challenges at hand and you have just described the career of Gay Nell McGinnis, CFCS-Retired. Gay Nell achieved professional distinction and excellence in a variety of roles, ranging from effective classroom teaching to statewide oversight of all family and consumer sciences education in Texas through her role with the Texas Education Agency, to her involvement in professional organizations, her work with allied organizations, and finally as a valued staff member at AAFCS.
Gay Nell McGinnis has deeply influenced our profession and all who have worked with her or learned from her. Her messages to staff often concluded with one word, “Onward!” – which was her way to communicate the need to “persistently and boldly move forward and make a positive difference.” She has made an enduring impact on our profession and within our association.
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