A Shenandoah County teacher prepared stir-fry and gave a lesson on the evolving role of home economics on Tuesday’s “The Rachael Ray Show.”
Nicholas Zimmerman, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock, told Ray’s TV audience that more consumer science teachers are needed.
He explained, in a clip from the show, that there are 27,000 family and consumer science teachers but that in a country as large as the United States: “More are needed,” Rachael Ray completed his sentence, to which Zimmerman agreed.
During his time in the TV spotlight, Zimmerman demonstrated the proper way to use a knife to cut a carrot – with the knife tip always on the cutting board.
Zimmerman said during the show that home economics classes never left schools but have evolved. It has changed from home economics with a focus on nutrition and apparel to family and consumer science with a focus on human development and personal finance, to name a few changes.
In the clip, Ray tells Zimmerman she will send his classroom four sets of pots for the students to use.
Zimmerman said in a phone interview on Tuesday that he was flown out Thursday to the TV studio in lower Manhattan where he taped the show.
He came back home the same day.
“It is a blur,” Zimmerman said. “I felt very comfortable with Rachael Ray. I felt like she was family.”
People, including consumer science teachers, who saw the show have provided Zimmerman with positive feedback, he said.
“I think everyone has been pleased. It’s not every day you get to represent 27,000 teachers,” he said.
Zimmerman, who is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Services, said the show reached out to the association and it was a member of the association who put the show in contact with Zimmerman.