Featured 2014 Pioneer Valley Teacher of Excellence: Josh Kislo

John Kislo with studentsJosh is an Instructor/Chef at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton and a  graduate of Northampton High School, Class of 1977.   He himself earned a Culinary Arts Certificate from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in 1979 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Education/Occupational Education at Westfield State University in 1999.  He’s been a Culinary Arts Instructor since February of 1988.  Here are his responses to a few questions  we asked him as one of this year’s Pioneer Valley Teachers of Excellence Awards recipients:

What is your favorite memory or anecdote that captures your joy in/dedication to teaching?  Having graduates coming back to visit and inform me of their successes

What keeps you enthusiastic about teaching/education, and where or from whom do you find your inspiration?
In Culinary Arts you need passion; therefore, when I see the passion in students to learn about culinary, that I find it inspirational.

Do you have a favorite resource, website, lesson/activity that you want to share?  Smith Junior Chefs Association Education eNewsletter

We’d love to hear responses to these questions from any of our readers.  So please send us your comments!

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