What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools?

It’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite thing, because so many elements go into making this a job I thoroughly enjoy.   But, bottom line, it’s the people.  The nutrition staff in our kitchen works together so well.  They are a supportive, professional, and really fun group of ladies. The students and staff are great customers.  I always enjoy hearing their comments—especially when they love something we are serving…and even their feedback when they don’t.

What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you?

Recently, a student was nearing the end of the serving line with a pretty full tray. He smiled proudly and said, “When you like to eat as much as I do, you learn the art of stacking your food efficiently.”

What is your favorite thing to cook at home?

At home, I like to try out new recipes. Lots of trial and error, but once in a while, I make something I love!

Who was your favorite teacher growing up and why?

My favorite teacher was Mr. Johnson, a high school psychology teacher.  He had a way of giving every student individual attention, and being genuinely interested in what they had to say. When you had a conversation with him, you just knew that he truly valued your opinion.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?

I love to create handmade cards.  Sometimes I share ideas with guest stampers who come over to play in my craft room, and sometimes I introduce the process to someone new to the craft. I’m hooked, and love getting others hooked, too.

Who has had the biggest positive impact in your life and why?

My parents.  They were great role models, hard workers, loyal, loving, and dedicated.  The older I get, the more I appreciate all they did, and the priorities they instilled in us.

What is your favorite food to eat?

I love Chinese food.  In fact, the Orange Chicken that we serve at school is probably my favorite school lunch food.

If you could see any musical artist in concert, who would it be?

Ed Sheeran

If you could swap places with anyone for a day, who would it be?

Bill or Melinda Gates

Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for students in your building?

Cherish your friends, but always be true to yourself.

What is your memory of your school lunch experience?

The grade school I attended did not have a cafeteria.  Everyone had to bring their lunch from home.  We ate our lunch at our desks. We weren’t allowed to talk during lunch. I would have given anything to have the kind of lunches we have now!