Kathy VanNorden’s classes sound like a lot of fun. She’s a consumer science instructor at Pella High, and many of her classes involve food. She also brings a wealth of experience to her teaching, with her degree and experience in hotel and restaurant management. Here are some things that I took from our interview.
1. Consumer science uses information from all other disciplines, including chemistry, physics, math, communications, you name it. It uses information and supports those disciplines.
2. Skills for managing a home are critically important for all students, males and females alike. Everyone should know how to cook, and to run the business side of a home.
3. Pella High students learn business skills as well in the classroom, in that they learn to market produce, and distribute products they make through a catering service.
4. Students learn to produce high quality meals for a large number of people, as well as for the home, offering them a leg up should they wish to go to culinary school.
5. Everyone hopes for success, and the consumer science classes gives them plenty of opportunity to succeed.
I hope you enjoy the interview. I learn a lot, and had fun doing it.