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January 24, 2018

Deb Garbe from Neenah High School Honored as 2018 Wisconsin ProStart Teacher of the Year

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation announced today that Deb Garbe, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Neenah High School, is the 2018 Wisconsin ProStart® Teacher of the Year.  The award recognizes an exceptional educator in Wisconsin who utilizes the ProStart program in his or her classroom. 

Garbe has taught at Neenah High School for many years and is committed to Family and Consumer Science education and the restaurant industry in her roles as foodservice educator, industry expert and community leader. She has grown the ProStart program at Neenah High School over the years to be one of the strongest in the state.

Garbe encourages her students outside the classroom, bringing students to competitions like the Wisconsin ProStart Invitational and to events with the American Culinary Federation Fox Valley Chapter. She also works with local restaurant industry professionals from places like Fox Valley Technical College, Zuppa’s Café and Catering and Lambeau Field to give her students practical experiences with the foodservice industry. 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 advocacy.

“Her contributions to education, extracurricular programming and career exploration 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.

As Wisconsin’s ProStart Teacher of the Year, Garbe will be nominated to be a finalist for national awards given by the NRAEF.

The ProStart program, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant associations, is a curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid jobs where industry managers mentor them.  When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies and participate in at least 400 hours of a mentored work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement that signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce.

With national and local support from industry members, educators, the NRAEF and state restaurant associations, ProStart reaches 140,000 students nationwide. The ProStart program in Wisconsin reaches over 6,500 students. For more information on the ProStart program, visit www.chooserestaurants.org.

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The WRA Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1987 and is one of the nation’s largest state restaurant association foundations. The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

The ProStart® program, administered by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC and state restaurant associations, is a college-prep, two-year curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid internships where industry managers mentor them.

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