Well... to start this blog off I did love the week we just had off for Thanksgiving! I am ready for Christmas break that is for sure.
People ask me all the time why teach when your re a Chef? I respond WHY NOT! I love my job for the most part. We work for the government so we have great benefits, paid time off, I live 1 mile from my job, I run my own program and get to be creative day to day, and I know I am good at what I do. With all that being said I have worked in Country Clubs, restaurants, Viking cooking school, and in people’s homes as a private chef. When I heard about a job opening for a Culinary Instructor at a high school I thought "Could this be real it is my dream job to teach high schoolers the trade of cooking and all that goes into it." I knew it would be work but honestly thought how hard can it be? If you don’t love your job it is hard. I come to "work" I guess I can call it every day with new ideas and get to see the students I know truly love this class. They leave me nice notes, emails and are positive for the most part during our lessons. This is what makes this job worth all of the 'not so great things'. I am so passionate about what I do that it rubs off on the students, their parents, other teachers and community. Many of my students work in a food industry and they will continue to do that some the rest of their lives. I am here to engage the students I can and to train them for the real world. If they go into a job and are ahead on knowing things I had a part in that! This job is a dream comes true I could not think of doing something else in my professional career. Even if it is just a handful of students that I make an impact for I have done my job. This is the article about Thanksgiving pies we raised over $2,300.00 profit for our program and it would not have been possible without all of my students.
Now for the parts of my job I like the least. I would have to say not having the full 188 kids I teach totally engaged in what I am teaching. I know it is an elective and most of my kids love it but I have to make the others love it as much as I do. That is a challenge. I would also like more money but honestly who wouldn’t??? You do not go into teaching for the money! I believe we have a good budget for the food/materials we use in the kitchen but we always need more. That is why we cater and fundraise! It is nice that the Fulton County maintence fixes everything for free!! I really don’t have a lot to not like as I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I get up every morning and LOVE what I do, who I work with and the lives I touch.