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February 25, 2015

Barb Bruesewitz from Wauwatosa East Honored
as 2015 Wisconsin ProStart Teacher of the Year

(Madison, WI) The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation announced today that Barb Bruesewitz from Wauwatosa East High School is the Wisconsin 2015 ProStart® Teacher of the Year.  As Wisconsin’s Teacher of the Year, Bruesewitz will join other top educators in Chicago, Ill. on May 14th as a finalist for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) ProStart Educator Excellence Awards.

Bruesewitz, who has taught at Wauwatosa East High School for many years, has shown a strong dedication and commitment to education and the foodservice industry as a Family and Consumer Science educator and mentor, industry expert and community leader.  In 2006 and 2010, she led her ProStart Management teams to the State Championship at the Wisconsin ProStart Invitational. In 2012, her Culinary team took the State Championship. Many of her students have earned the prestigious Certificate of Achievement and have gone on to successful foodservice industry careers thanks to her dedication and program advocacy. In 2011, Bruesewitz was awarded the Salute to Excellence High School Educator Award.

“Barb’s contributions to education, extracurricular programming, and foundation work all show an unmatched passion for the industry and make her very well-deserving of this commendation,” said Alex Newman, ProStart Coordinator for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation. 

The NRAEF’s ProStart Educator Excellence Awards recognize exceptional educators who utilize the ProStart program in their classrooms.  Each participating state nominates its leading educator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his or her students and to the ProStart program. 

ProStart, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and state restaurant associations is a two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant industry. The program develops the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s industry leaders. From culinary techniques to management skills, ProStart’s industry-driven curriculum provides real-world educational opportunities and builds practical skills and a foundation that will last a lifetime. By bringing industry and the classroom together, ProStart gives students a platform to discover new interests and talents and opens doors for fulfilling careers. It all happens through a curriculum that teaches all facets of the restaurant and foodservice industry, inspires students to succeed and sets a high standard of excellence for students and the industry.

With national and local support from industry members, educators, the NRAEF and state restaurant associations, ProStart reaches 95,000 students nationwide. For more information on the ProStart program, please visit www.nraef.org.

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Founded in 1987, the WRA EF is among the largest state restaurant association foundations in the nation. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

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