The nationwide, non-profit School Nutrition Association has named Christine Edelstein-Dodds, assistant prepare dinner at Vincent Igo Elementary School, its National Employee of the Year.
The award acknowledges the precious contribution of faculty diet staff, ones who exhibit a outstanding dedication to each their faculty meal program and the scholars they serve, in accordance with a launch by the affiliation.
During the pandemic, meals service staff have been the primary ones to maneuver from the serving line to the entrance strains and have been instrumental in sustaining a way of normalcy for college meal applications, the affiliation acknowledged.
Edelstein-Dodds greets college students by title along with her shiny and comfortable smile. She fosters a secure surroundings for college students that folks can belief, anticipating particular wants and speaking about particular allergy symptoms with the kitchen supervisor, lunch screens and college nurse. Edelstein-Dodds makes certain fruit and vegetable choices are at all times obtainable for college students to eat and revel in, even catering to her pickiest eaters to make sure they’re nicely nourished, the affiliation acknowledged.
She can be recognized for her theme day costumes, novelty socks and facemasks, and infrequently writes whimsical and optimistic messages on fruit, a lot to the delight of scholars. She connects with college students exterior the cafeteria as nicely, whether or not as thriller reader throughout Reading Week occasions or in her former position as a youth soccer coach.
Understanding the significance of selling the district’s faculty meal program, Edelstein-Dodds incessantly contributes content material for the Foxboro Nutrition social media web page.
Edelstein-Dodds takes full benefit of accessible coaching and studying alternatives, constantly exceeding the required quantity of annual coaching hours. Her supervisors say that she constantly applies new issues she’s discovered at coaching to her job. She brings worthwhile suggestions, sensible enter and good strategies to conferences and at all times strives to assist.
Edelstein-Dodds has participated within the SNA Mass Walk for Hunger crew and is a optimistic position mannequin of wellness, recurrently working in 5Ks and barely takes sick time.
“Christine Edelstein-Dodds has constructed a terrific relationship with college students and her colleagues,” mentioned SNA President Reginald Ross, SNS. “Her optimistic angle, love of studying and common acts of kindness within the cafeteria make her an inspiring Employee of the Year.”
Edelstein-Dodds was honored on May 5 throughout the first-ever “Our Heroes: Celebrating the 2021 SNA Award Winners” digital occasion.