Culinary arts teacher wins national award

Pam Sloan, a career and technical education teacher who teaches culinary arts at Manchester High School, was one of two teachers in the nation to win James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Awards this spring. The awards recognize exceptional educators who use the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart program to teach students about cooking, food service and managing restaurants and to help students connect with working professionals.

Pam Sloan’s path to accepting this award, which is named for the founder of Golden Corral, began earlier this year when she was named Virginia’s ProStart Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association Education Foundation.

As a state winner, Sloan was invited to a May 19 gathering in Chicago of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. During that event, Sloan and 31 other high school teachers from across the country received 2016 ProStart Educator of Excellence Awards.

From those 32 top educators, the national foundation and representatives of Golden Corral selected Pam Sloan and a teacher from Nebraska for James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Awards.

“ProStart educators, like Pam, are key to the continuing success of Virginia’s restaurant and hospitality industry. Through our teachers’ work to help provide a solid foundation of management and culinary skills, students can understand and embrace the exciting career opportunities ahead,” said Jim Wilson, director of education and workforce development for the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association.

Pam Sloan has worked for Chesterfield County Public Schools for 13 years (all of those years at Manchester High).