I'm a graduate of EFHS and the University of Vermont. I've been a teacher, at this school, for over 30 years. I live in St. Albans, with my husband, Frank, our two dogs - Belle and Izzy and Chip, the cat. This year, I will teach Beginning Foods, Advanced Foods and 2 Middle School electives.
Advanced Foods students gain real workplace experience by planning, promoting,preparing and serving weekly Staff Lunch. Students are evaluated based on their kitchen lab work and on their contributions to customer service (the expectation is that they will serve during their own scheduled lunch period each Friday; in return they eat the foods they've prepared).
Beginning Foods students will learn and practice cooking techniques, working in kitchen groups of 3 or 4 peers. Classroom instruction, demonstration and/ or textbook work precede the group cooking experience. It is important that students fully commit to active participation in lab for a hands-on experience that can be re-called as needed. For enrichment in Foods class, students are required to collect materials and experiences in notebooks, which are submitted for grades ,8 times per year. Into the notebooks (whose structure will be created in class), students will file all class notes and all recipes handed out in class; this provides for easy reference throughout this year and beyond. Additionally, students will seek out instruction in food preparation, or information about food/nutrition by watching a television professional, reading (in an edited publication) an article written by a professional or by making observations/asking questions when eating in a "sit-down" (not counter service) restaurant. Brief summaries are then written by students (generally 3 to 5 are required) and included in the notebook. The final component of the notebook is the student's one-page reflection of the preceding 4-5 weeks in Foods class. Because of the progressive nature of the notebook, they must be handed in on or before the due date. The only time a notebook is accepted after the due date is in the case of an unexpected, excused absence on the due date. The notebook will then be accepted at the beginning of class upon the student's return, with potential for full credit.