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|2020 Award Winners|
Director of the Year Winner
The Director of the Year award recognizes school nutrition directors for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.
Michelle Kloser, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Menomonie Area School District
The School District of the Menomonie Area is ecstatic to announce that Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Michelle Kloser, has been nominated for and awarded the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin’s State Association’s Director of the Year award.
This doesn’t come as a surprise to those that are involved in the association. Michelle has been a member of the School Nutrition Association for over 20 years. When she first got involved in school nutrition, she implemented “garden bars” in all schools as well as the district wide Free Breakfast for all students in her district of 3,050 proving to be a leader right off the bat in the healthy school food movement. Michelle has also been a leader in the Farm 2 School movement by using local beef and produce in the school nutrition program. Michelle’s successes didn’t just stop there. She was the first Director in the state of Wisconsin to win the Healthier US Schools Challenge Gold Award of Distinction.
Ms. Kloser was instrumental in organizing the Coulee group’s annual fall in-service. This was a group of 16 local districts and involved over 300 School Nutrition Professionals. Some topics that were covered were food safety and cooking demos and has spoken at conferences with USDA speakers as well as Jeff Joyner as a Keynote. Michelle also served as a preceptor for Dietetic students at Viterbo University and UW Stout. She also speaks to the Community Nutrition class about school nutrition as a career choice and what school nutrition is.
Michelle’s involvement in school nutrition doesn’t just stop at the School District of the Menomonie Area. As mentioned above, she has been an active member of the School Nutrition Association for 20 years. Michelle has served as one of the association’s Chapter Presidents, was on the Board of Directors for the state of Wisconsin and has also served on the state’s Membership committee. Michelle’s dedication to the association certainly shows as she has increased membership in her current school district by 30%.
Manager of the Year Winner
The Manager of the Year award, in honor of Louise Sublette recognizes school nutrition managers for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.
Kristen Slade, Nutrition Team Leader, Holmen School District
The School District of Holmen is ecstatic to announce that Nutrition Team Leader, Kristen Slade, of the School District of Holmen has been nominated for and awarded the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin’s State Association’s Manager of the Year award.
Ms. Slade was hired as a cook 12 years ago and she has since worked her way up to become the Nutrition Team Leader. Her dedication to her work and the students within the district does not go unnoticed as it reflects on other staff and the students. Kristen takes the time to decorate the school’s cafeteria in different themes so the students can enjoy. She insists that her staff always greets the children with a smile and hello, using the student’s name whenever possible. Nothing is better than getting a “thank you” from a student with a big smile on their face.
Kristen has developed work assignment sheets so each staff person knows what they need to do every day to serve the students successfully. She has developed educational games that are used at the district’s annual in-service to help train staff. This year, she created a “food safety hot potato” game where if you ended up with the potato, you had to answer a question in order to get points. Kristen’s willingness to get everyone involved and feel comfortable is superior.
Kristen’s involvement in school nutrition doesn’t just stop at Holmen School District. She is an active member of the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin (SNA-WI) and has been involved in the association for several years. She’s been involved in her area’s Chapter through the association by being part of the Planning Committee for her Chapter and played an instrumental part in developing Lunch Ladies Rock mugs that were sold for a fundraiser in 2018.
Ms. Slade has consecutively attended the state association's annual state conference and has also attended conference as the National level to better herself in school nutrition education as well as to bring back that knowledge for her staff so they can collaborate and develop new menu ideas for students.