A Message from our President
Dear NMSNA Members,
Welcome back to a new school year. I hope it’s been a great start for you all. I would like to start off by introducing myself to you all. My name is Rachel Martinez, and I’m the current New Mexico School Nutrition Association President. I’ve been the Food Service Director for the Mora Independent School District for nine years now. Which has been great for me. My passion for School Nutrition has grown through out the years by becoming involved with NMSNA. I have had the opportunity of learning more about School Nutrition by attending State Conferences, ANC, SNIC, LAC and my all-time favorite Leadership Conference.
I hope you all enjoyed the State Conference in June. We had some amazing Keynote Speakers such as Logan Weber, Frank Messabni and Chaun Vaughn. We also had some awesome breakout sessions like Personal Wellness, Offer-vs-Serve, Knife Skills, Conflict Resolution and Rolling in the Dough. I hope you were all able to take some of that useful information back to your schools. I know for a fact that my staff returned with some great information on how to perfect our bread recipe.
It’s going to be a busy year for Food Service Directors as they will have to implement Breakfast after the Bell by October 15, 2019. Several Food Service Directors have also been busy collaborating with the Governors Children’s Cabinet, PED, USDA and CYFD on finding solutions to close the gap on feeding students during breaks. One thing we all have in common is the passion to provide healthy, nutritious meals for the children in our state.
This year’s plan of action includes continuing many great things from last year such as providing two Region Trainings around the state, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. We will continue to have a working relationship with PED by having monthly conference calls and continuing with the mentoring program for new directors. We would like to work on increasing our membership by promoting School District Sponsored Memberships. We are also working hard on advocating for extended table time during lunch as well as recess before lunch.
I would also like to remind the members to recognize their staff or colleagues for all the hard work that they do daily by nominating them for the various awards that NMSNA gives out at the State Conference. The awards available are: Director of the Year, Manager of the Year, Employee of the Year and the Friends of the Association. For more information regarding the NMSNA 2020 State Conference visit the website at www.nmsna.com.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email with any questions or concerns at [email protected]
I’m looking forward to an exciting year!
Rachel Martinez, President
New Mexico School Nutrition Association
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