2018 South Dakota ProStart® Educator Excellence Award Goes to Kathy Engst of Huron High SchoolSouth Dakota Retailers Association - SDRA 4/12/2018
The South Dakota Retailers Association announced today that Kathy Engst, instructor for Huron High School has been honored with the 2018 South Dakota ProStart® Educator Excellence Award. Engst will join other top educators in Chicago, Ill., for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) ProStart® Educator Excellence Awards Dinner on May 17, 2018.
The NRAEF’s ProStart® Educator Excellence Award recognizes an exceptional ProStart® educator from every state. ProStart® is a nationwide two-year program for high school students that provide vital training skills for students so they are prepared to enter South Dakota’s hospitality workforce.
“South Dakota’s hospitality industry will be rewarded with a well-trained workforce from the dedication our ProStart® instructors place on the program. Each instructor teaches the next generation of workforce the skills that employers will demand in the future.” said South Dakota ProStart® Coordinator Seanna Regynski.
“Mrs. Engst has been a great teacher; most of us have had her all four years of our high school experience. She has been a very supportive and encouraging teacher, she always pushes us to do the best we can.” said a few of her students. They go on to say “She has taught us many different skill sets to use in the kitchen, from knife skills to cooking safely. Mrs. Engst is a teacher who is dedicated to helping her students in the journey towards a better understanding of culinary arts. She also taught us the importance of teamwork and how to communicate better.”
“I have found the ProStart® courses very rewarding in that it challenges and pushes me to be a better educator.” said Engst “I enjoy seeing their enthusiasm grow as they conquer and master their culinary skills. ProStart® is a great program for students to explore and expand their culinary skills as well as developing team work skills and in building confidence.”
Engst is in her ninth year as a ProStart® instructor. Regynski says she was the clear choice for the 2018 South Dakota ProStart® Educator Excellent Award based on her passion for the ProStart® program, her excellence in the classroom and her commitment to the her students.
In South Dakota, the ProStart® program is coordinated by the South Dakota Retailers Association in conjunction with the South Dakota Department of Education and the ProStart® Advisory Committee.
ProStart® is a nationwide high school curriculum developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). It helps prepare high school students for leadership positions in the workplace by teaching skills which are crucial in any place of employment. Combining hands-on learning in the classroom with mentored work experience, the program provides education on culinary skills, safety, inventory, cost controls, customer service, business math, and other practical business management skills. ProStart® reaches nearly 40,000 students in all 50 states, Guam and at Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe and the Pacific. In South Dakota, 17 schools offer the ProStart® program.