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EDUCATOR SPOTLIGHT: Janice Cranor
Janice M. Cranor, MS, Family & Consumer Science Education
Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Science/4-H Youth Development
Rogers County is situated on the Mother Road—Historic Route 66 and the home of Will Rogers Memorial, Rogers State University and the Port of Catoosa, the largest inland river-port in the United States.
Janice has been an Extension Educator for 25 years serving clientele in McIntosh, Creek, Washington, Osage and Rogers Counties. She also served three years as the NE District 4-H Program Specialist working in Muskogee.
Janice says the decision to become an Extension Educator came early because of her membership in 4-H and the dedicated Extension Educators that mentored her in high school and college. Also she says a dedicated family & consumer science teacher at Hartshorne High School gave her the desire to become a family & consumer science educator.
Janice provides a yearly child care providers conference in partnership with DHS and the Cherokee Nation providing training for daycare directors and workers in both centers and homes. Janice often teaches family financial management, nutrition education, clothing construction, safe home food preservation and serves as advisor for OHCE (Oklahoma Home and Community Education) Groups and their members.
OHCE members in Rogers County participate in the “Drive by Fruiting Project” where they monthly take fresh fruit and vegetables to older adults who might otherwise not have access to good nutrition. This project improves physical health and the personal visit often lifts spirits and improves mental health. OHCE members are also improving literacy skills while emphasizing good nutrition and physical activity with a reading program called “Raising Young Readers” where they read to children at day care centers, public schools and libraries.
“I can attribute some career success to the principles learned in 4-H such as public speaking, practicing a good work ethic, being a team player, and the strong desire to help others”, says Janice. “I am passionate about the role FCS plays in strengthening families and communities”. “We strive to equip others with the knowledge, skills and tools they will need to make healthy choices in every area of their lives”. “We are as important today as we were when the Cooperative Extension Service was established in 1914.”