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May 21, 2013

Pulaski Teacher Wins National Excellence in Education Award

Pulaski High School Family and Consumer Science teacher Liz Moehr has been honored with the James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award, a national teaching award which recognizes excellence in foodservice education and dedication to the ProStart® program.

The ProStart program, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) 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.

The James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award is a $5,000 cash prize that is presented annually to only two ProStart educators in the nation for excellence both in and out of the classroom. It was established in 2003 in commemoration of Golden Corral’s 30th anniversary and as a tribute to James H. Maynard, Golden Corral chairman and founder.

Moehr was honored with the award at the NRAEF’s Educator Excellence Awards Dinner at the Hotel Sax in Chicago on Friday, May 17th. Jennifer Guiffre, a teacher at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES in New York, was the other national award recipient.

“Liz Moehr is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher who gives so much to her students and the foodservice industry,” said Bryan Mowry, Managing Director of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation. “She brings enormous talent, experience and passion for the restaurant industry into her classroom each day and inspires students to follow their talents and dreams.” Moehr brings innovation to the ProStart program at Pulaski High School through her creative use of social media and successful community outreach efforts with restaurant industry professionals and area secondary schools.

Moehr and Guiffre were selected from the group of 2013 ProStart Educator Excellence Award winners nominated by their state program. The 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. Moehr joins an elite group of only 22 teachers nationwide who have received this award since its inception.

ProStart is a nationwide, two-year program for high school students that 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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