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Posted October 11, 2012

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SHS Culinary Arts Teacher Recognized as Teacher of the Year

Unna Valdez was named the National ProStart Teacher of the Year by the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

Unna Valdez, SHS culinary arts teacher at

The National ProStart Teacher of the Year for 2012 is Unna Valdez from Sandia High School. Ms. Valdez was recognized for her contributions to culinary education as well as her work abroad in research and education.

The ProStart Program is a high school curriculum that teaches culinary, management and hospitality education in 32 high schools in New Mexico. Students completing the program have trained over 400 hours and are well-equipped to enter the workforce in the hospitality industry.

Sandia High School was recognized as the 2012 Culinary Team and their students competed in the National ProStart Student Invitational in Baltimore earlier this year. The 2012 Hospitality Cup also went to Sandia High School. The cup is presented to the school with the best overall score in state competitions.

New Mexico’s ProStart Program is administered by the Hospitality Industry Education Foundation. 

Ms. Valdez and her students were recognized in September at the annual Hospitality Industry Awards sponsored by the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

 

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