ProStart educators play a major role in developing tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice industry workforce. Educators range from family and consumer sciences teachers to chefs who’ve transitioned from the industry into the classroom. Click here to learn more about becoming a ProStart educator, how ProStart works and how ProStart helps educators.
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ProStart teachers have access to opportunities that can help them grow and succeed right alongside their students. NC HEF is proud to offer ProStart educators high-quality, professional development that provides a front-row seat to the industry.
Twice each year—summer and fall—the North Carolina Hospitality Education Foundation hosts in-state training for all ProStart educators. The training covers various topics relating to the ProStart curriculum and industry trends.
The Summer Institutes, brought to you by Darden Restaurants, Inc. and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, provide technical and professional instruction for restaurant and foodservice educators. The goal is to provide educators with a forum to learn cutting-edge skills applicable to the classroom. These week-long intensive workshops are delivered by industry experts at post-secondary institutions across the country. Visit www.chooserestaurants.org for a full listing of locations.
North Carolina ProStart teachers are required to attend at least one training event and may choose between the North Carolina Summer Workshop, the North Carolina Fall Workshop and/or the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation Summer Institute.
Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator Certification (CSFE)
CSFE is for secondary educators to improve and enhance restaurant and foodservice knowledge and develop technical and teaching skills. In order to achieve a CSFE certification, educators must complete levels one through three of the Summer Institutes (above), 120 hours of industry experience and submit unit lesson plans from industry experience.
For additional information on educator training opportunities, contact us.
Educator Excellence Award Recipients
- 2019 Robyn Stafford, Croatan High School
- 2018 Christine Mukosiej, Henderson County Career Academy
- 2017 Kelly Biggs, Southwestern Randolph High School
- 2016 Mandy Hines, Davie County High School
- 2015 Linda Marshall, Iredell Statesville Career Academy and Technical School
- 2014 Shelley Harper, Swansboro High School
- 2013 Elizabeth Wilsey, Northside High School
- 2012 Tracie Dunlap, Cary High School
- 2011 Lee Ann William, Watauga High School
- 2010 Darla Goldfuss, Davie County High School