We are thrilled to share with everyone all the amazing things that our area schools are doing to prepare students for the working world!
Today we are highlighting the “Funky Florist” shop at Hundred High School. The teacher is Annaliese Henderson-Yost, and she could not be prouder of all that her students have accomplished!
Annaliese Henderson-Yost took over the Hundred FFA Agriculture Program and was the first female teacher in the program's history. Looking to seek CTE student involvement, Yost took her passion for the floral industry and turned it into a unique learning opportunity for students.
"In college I worked at Coombs florist. Then I took a class in college to learn floral design techniques, history, and new skills. After this, it became my thing!" (Yost)
This new floral design course filled an agriscience course credit as well as an art credit for the creative minded students. “In the third year of class enrollment, we have doubled student involvement and students have grown in the program”.
Simulated Workplace, an initiative created by the West Virginia Department of Education, enhances career & technical education (CTE) instructional delivery by engaging students and allowing them to take ownership of their learning experience. Through Simulated Workplace, educators can integrate business principles and practices directly into CTE programs while students engage in relevant curricula with certification opportunities.
This year, the “Funky Florist” has had seven weddings! Mrs. Henderson-Yost believes that her students have “really grown creatively and pushed their boundaries on floral art”.
Recently three floral designers attended the West Virginia Education Alliance Summit in Charleston, WV. They spoke with industry leaders, WV Department of Education employees, industry stakeholders, and many more individuals were in attendance. They were 1 of 5 schools in the state that were invited to set up and speak, Hundred “Funky Florist” represented the entrepreneurship pathways in the state.
Yost turned her floral class into a fully functional floral shop. They serve the community with floral services, funerals, birthdays, special occasions, weddings, and so much more! They are known for their boho style, and the West Virginia Wedding Professionals have recognized the “Funky Florist” as a state floral wedding vendor.
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