Debra Guinn aka Chef Guinn
(Family & Consumer Sciences)
Idaho Center for Advanced Technology (Nampa School District)
How long have you been teaching?
Are you from industry?
Yes; national sales manager for West-Coast division of Wilson-Jones Corporation.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Seeing the student’s work come to fruition.
Why would you encourage a new teacher to engage in their teacher association?
In the world of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) it provides a more diverse and extensive group of individuals to absorb and learn from. Within the culinary industry, I have colleagues attending the same meetings, so it is good to visit at those larger scale events to share classroom best practices and additional opportunities for students. It allows for me to part of a little family of my peers who understand the program area in which I teach.
If you could change one thing about your classroom environment, what would it be?
Students would come to my classroom understanding the value of note taking for comprehension.
Fishing, boating, bicycling, interior designing, gambling, and real estate.
What is something about you that would surprise people?
I used to be swing-dance instructor.
What is something you would like to learn to do?
To fly a plane.
What is one of your goals?
To become a CTE Administrator.
(Each month, CTEI will spotlight a member. If you have a recommendation on who we should spotlight, contact
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