Whats on the Menu?

Food is universally recognized among all races, religions and cultures as a catalyst that brings people together. Its presence sparks conversations, laughter and memories. These teachers implement the practice with their students.

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Whats on the Menu?

Paige Levinson and Julia Guglielmo

Our teachers have more skills than just the knowledge and enthusiasm they bring to the classroom: three, in particular, are exceptional chefs and bakers. Often these teachers will bring a meal to class to reward their students or to celebrate a holiday. For example, Rose Steeber made pancakes for her whole Latin class during a stressful school week.

“It was a nice way to bring the class together and relax during the hectic week,” said Wesley Schulz ‘20. Teachers sharing their passion for food with their classes is something that hungry students enjoy. To better understand the signature foods of teachers we interviewed Kevin Shertzer, Jennifer Pardue, and Rose Steeber, all of whom are famed for their delicious treats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Shertzer

What is your signature food?

Soups are good and easy — it’s just a bowl and you heat it up. My chili won second place in a Cincinnati cook-off.

Why do you make this dish?

When you grow up with this certain taste of food, it becomes part of your soul. There is a version called Cincinnati Chili from where I grew up: the chili has chocolate, spices, and unusual ingredients.

Why do you bring this dish to school?

To educate my students because food is integral in so many cultures. I would make a whole vat if the school would allow it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Pardue

What is your signature food?

Cheesecake.

Why do you make this dish?

I began to bake in middle/high school. In the south, we use a lot of sugar. My cheesecakes have everything that is fat in them like cream cheese, eggs, butter, and a LOT of sugar. It puts people in a good mood.

Why do you bring this dish to school?

I like to joke that if kids join my dodgeball team, I will make them cheesecake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Steeber

What is your signature food?

Foods my mother taught me (lasagna, pasta, etc.), but I bring pancakes to school.

Why do you make this dish?

I stole the idea of pancakes from Ms. Roarty. Her advisory loved it so much that I went out and bought an electric griddle so I could do it myself. My hus- band (a chef) found the best syrup. The syrup is REALLY GOOD.

Why do you bring this dish to school?

I like to think that my students feel like they’re being cared for. My goal is to make them feel appreciated.

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