I am originally from Chicago and though I am an educator by profession, I truly didn't start out to be one. From the time I was 10 years old I knew I wanted to be a chef. Ever since I could see over the stove, I was always cooking something. My friends’ parents joked with me that if I came to their house to visit I had to cook before I could see my friends.
I graduated from Hyde Park Career Academy while majoring in food services and during my high school years I worked as an apprentice chef. It was during that time that I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in culinary arts. Two years later after graduation, I received an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, and worked as a chef in various operations and in various capacities. I then enrolled at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management and continued my career as a chef. I have several years in foodservice management as supervisor, head chef, and restaurant manager.
Eventually I began to teach culinary arts in the Chicago Public School system and earned a Master's degree in Special Education and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership. I have also volunteered in a hospital school program where I would tutor children who had long-term stays in the hospital due to cancer and leukemia. When I wasn’t tutoring, I was volunteering in the emergency room in the hospital. I have taught special education at Morgan Park High School in Chicago (Certified to teach Learning Disabled, Behavior Disordered, and Educable Mentally Handicapped children)and I am currently an Assistant Principal at an elementary school.
I have held a certification as a professional tennis player, however I have discovered the joys of the game of golf. (Actually, I am addicted to the sport. My doctor said: “golf is not a game, it’s a disease.”)
Anything more about me that you want to know........you just have to ask. :)