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Lo-Ma Family and Consumer Science Curriculum Expanding

by Deneen Healey

September 09, 2011

Lo-Ma Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum Expanding

The Family and Consumer Sciences Career and Technical Education Program is changing at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools.  The National, State, and Local Expectations for Career and Technical Programs (Vocational)  are not only focusing on life skills, but also on careers. 


For Logan-Magnolia students this will include a Culinary Arts Program of Study.  Students will have the opportunity to enroll in at least 4 Culinary Arts courses that will focus on topics from basic food preparation, consumer skills, various cooking techniques, knife skills, plating, serving, safety and sanitation and other principles and techniques of teaching culinary arts to secondary students.


Deneen Healey, FCS Instructor, attended a week-long Culinary Academy held at Johnson and Wales University in Denver, Co in July of 2011.  She, along with 40 other teachers from across the United States, worked with Professional Chefs learning the basics of the Restaurant Industry.  The classes were comprised of a combination of lab time, demonstrations, and observations.  The emphasis was on developing lesson plans, best practices of instructional methods, tools and skills of instruction, and organizaing instructional and supplemental materials.  The labs focused on culinary cooking techniques, garde manger, fish and shellfish, culinary nutrition, and introduction to baking and pastry.


This program is in it’s infancy and will progress and expand as Ms. Healey and her students gain more knowledge about the restaurant industry.


Through this process, Ms. Healey has become a Certified Culinary Essentials Educator.  Johnson and Wales University and DMACC offer summer workshops to educators each year.  Ms. Healey plans on attending additional sessions in order to continually enhance the Lo-Ma FCS Curriculum.




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