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October 28, 2011 > Culinary arts instructor named Teacher of the Year

Culinary arts instructor named Teacher of the Year

Submitted By Allison Aldinger

Mission Valley ROP is proud to honor Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Mari Moschetti as the 2011 MVROP Teacher of the Year. This high honor is given each year to one outstanding Career Technical Education instructor. Chef Moschetti was presented with the award at the MVROP Governing Council Meeting on Thursday, October 20.

Chef Moschetti has been teaching Culinary Arts at Mission Valley ROP since 2006. She has taught at a total of six high schools during this time and created lessons of how to grow and use organic produce in cooking, working with local farmers to obtain fresh and seasonal produce and incorporating green cleaning products into the classroom. She started a recycling/composting program in her J.F. Kennedy High classroom and, in collaboration with KHS teacher, Brenda Calvert, pioneered the creation of the Green Ventures Academy. Student concepts for this academy include: sustainability, "green awareness," and farm-to-table cooking. Chef Moschetti provides an exciting hands-on learning environment in which students learn, take ownership of their future, and explore their passion for Culinary Arts.

Outside of the classroom, Chef Moschetti is currently writing a cookbook for ages 3-18. She believes you are never too young to begin your culinary adventure, learn how to prepare healthy meals and help out in the kitchen.

Mission Valley ROP (MVROP) is the regional occupational program for the Tri-City area. Established in 1969, MVROP has been instrumental in preparing students for successful business, medical, and technical careers. To learn more about the MVROP Culinary Arts Program, visit

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