ProStart Educator Excellence Awards

Honoring State Educators of the Year

The NRAEF ProStart National Educator of Excellence Awards (EEA) recognize educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and passion, commitment and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program to help their students make the most of the opportunities that ProStart offers. Their stories inspire ProStart educators and supporters across the globe.


The 2018 Educator of Excellence Award Winners were honored at a gala dinner in Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with the 2018 National Restaurant Association’s Hotel-Motel Show®.

The 2018 ProStart Educators of Excellence Awardees are:

  • Laura Bolding – Albertville High School, Alabama
 
  • Melinda Dooley – Service High School, Alaska
 
  • Kristy Clarke – Apollo High School, Arizona
 
  • James Leedy – Enterprise High School, California
 
  • Christina Runyan – Smoky Hill High School, Colorado
 
  • Nathaniel Bradshaw – Wilbur Cross High School, Connecticut
 
  • Peter Buoncristiano – Polytech High School, Delaware
 
  • Christy Rabich – Dixie Hollins High School, Florida
 
  • Simone Byron  – Meadowcreek High School, Georgia
 
  • Jetty Miedema – Woodruff Career and Technical Center, Illinois
 
  • Ashley McConnell – East Central High School, Indiana
 
  • Joan Stekl – Cedar Rapids Community School District, Iowa
 
  • Alison Draut – Wichita Public Northwest High School, Kansas
 
  • Elizabeth Crump – East Jessamine High School, Kentucky
 
  • Amy Dreher –  West Feliciana High School, Louisiana
 
  • Domenic Mallardi – Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Maryland
 
  • Sarah Gibson – Taunton High School Culinary Arts, Massachusetts
 
  • Denise Fahrenbruch and Jennifer Honsinger – Bay Arenac ISD Career Center, Michigan
 
  • Christy  Johnson – Clearwater High School, Missouri
 
  • Bev Tompers – Belgrade High School, Montana
 
  • Louise Dornbusch – Papillion LaVista South High School, Nebraska
 
  • Barbara Orrell –  North Valley High School, Nevada
 
  • Matthew Barone – Kearny High School, New Jersey
 
  • Danielle Young – Atrisco Heritage Academy HS, New Mexico
 
  • Suzanne Low Pratt – Putnam/Northern Westchester, New York
 
  • Christine Mukosiej – Henderson County Career Academy, North Carolina
 
  • Chris Olszewski – Polaris Career Center, Ohio
 
  • Sheri Carson – Roseburg High School, Oregon
 
  • Tim Page – Daniel Morgan Tech, South Carolina
 
  • Kathy Engst – Huron High School, South Dakota
 
  • Kathleen Roussel – Clear Creek ISD Culinary Academy, Texas
 
  • Travis Walker – Phoebus High School, Virginia
 
  • Kahale Ahina – Bonnie Lake High School, Washington
 
  • Bonnie Woods – Grafton High School, West Virginia
 
  • Deb Garbe –  Neenah High School, Wisconsin
 
  • Molly Matthaei –  Jackson Hole High School, Wyoming