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Smithville native Emily Williams, family and consumer sciences education consultant for the Tennessee Department of Education, was recently selected to serve on the Tennessee Tech University School of Human Ecology External Advisory Council.

Williams received her bachelor of science and master's degrees in vocational technology education from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix. She is a native of Smithville, where her parents Jerry and Carolyn Williams still reside.

Williams taught FACS education for 24 years, mostly at Smyrna High School in Rutherford County. She has worked at the Tennessee Department of Education for three years. As FACS education consultant, Williams works with approximately 600 middle and high school teachers across the state. She develops and implements FACS curriculum, offers professional development opportunities to FACS teachers, and serves as the state advisor for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

Members of the advisory council provide assistance to the faculty through advice, advocacy, evaluation and support in developing and maintaining model programs in human ecology. Human ecology graduates may receive an education to become FACS middle and high school teachers. Other educational areas taught at TTU in human ecology are child development and family relations; food, nutrition and dietetics; housing and design; and fashion merchandising and design.