Food Literacy Corps Member
What is your educational background?
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in May of this year with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.
In which schools are you in currently serving?
John Cabrillo, Susan B. Anthony, John Still, and John Sloat Elementary schools.
Why did you choose to do a year of AmeriCorps service?
This opportunity aligns with my career goals. I hope to one day work within the criminal justice field for a non-profit, such as a domestic violence shelter. I thought a year of AmeriCorps would be a great experience to strengthen myself as a professional and gain experience serving a non-profit.
Favorite moment in the classroom so far?
Last week our Produce of the Day was radishes. In one of my sessions at John Still Elementary I had a kid who refused to try a radish. I had extra left over in the bowl at my table so I set them in the middle of the table for anyone who may have wanted more. During the lesson I saw the same kid grab a piece from the bowl in the middle of the table. It was awesome to see him be so brave; kids are remarkable that way.
What is the most interesting fruit and/or vegetable you’ve tried this year?
I’m from Wisconsin and I had never heard of nopales until I moved here. It was my first time trying cactus! I would have never guessed cacti are edible!!
How have you grown, or what skills are you stretching into?
Patience is one skill I’m growing into more while working with kids I’m beginning to feel more comfortable public speaking.
What do you plan to do with the skills you gain at Food Literacy Center?
I hope to apply my skills to the rest of my career.