(Above: Members of the Bolivar HS culinary team pose after the 2016 Missouri ProStart Competition with educator Betty Glasgow. Pictured L to R: Glasgow, Connor Sechler, Abbigail Riedesel, Jacob Gustin, Emma White, and Britton Tucker.)
NRA Educational Foundation recognizes Bolivar High School educator
A passion for connecting industry and community leaders with her students in the classroom is just one of the reasons why Betty Glasgow, Bolivar High School ProStart® educator, was among the 2016 ProStart Educator of Excellence Award recipients recognized by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in Chicago.
Glasgow, now in her 11th year of teaching ProStart, understands the importance of being prepared to talk about the program anywhere at anytime. And her ability to do so has resulted in finding mentors for her students; securing food and equipment donations for the classroom; and sponsorship(s) to cover chef coats and travel expenses for competing culinary and management teams. She also invites the school board and administrators to tastings to keep them involved in the program. According to Glasgow, this level of support from the community is necessary to be successful.
But the most rewarding aspect of teaching ProStart is seeing students learn culinary and management skills that they can immediately apply in the real world, in addition to soft skills. Glasgow stated, “The simple process of mise en place (the French term meaning “everything in its place”) can be applied to tasks outside of the kitchen. It teaches them how to be disciplined in a work setting and gives them focus. Working in teams, they learn people skills, how to respond to authority, and how to respond to coworkers. I’ve seen students with little self-confidence be transformed by the time they leave this program, especially if they compete.”
The benefits are many but it does come with challenges, among them is educating parents on the many career opportunities in the field. Glasgow is up to the task. Her passion is evident both inside and outside of the classroom.
As student Emma White stated in her recommendation letter for her teacher, “This award should be given to a teacher who puts all of her heart and soul into what they do, and I firmly believe there is no one that could even come close to Mrs. Glasgow.”
By: Kate Renfrow
Special to The Missouri Restaurant Association