Patricia L. Fitzgerald, Editor 2012-11-27 19:30:44
You and Your Bright Ideas I recently celebrated my 18th year at SNA. That’s getting to be quite the tenure! As one who is curious not only by profession, but by personality (thanks for those genes, Mom!), I periodically find myself wondering if I should move on to explore the fascinating details of another professional world. There is a magazine for everything, after all. It doesn’t take a lot to get me thinking. Hmmmm…the manager of my gym is taking courses to become a massage therapist. I wonder: What types of courses does one take? Who issues the certification? Will it be in all different types of massage techniques? She doesn’t want a spa job, but wants to use massage in social work; how interesting. Who knew there were those kinds of opportunities? You see what I mean? And yet, I really can’t imagine detaching from the truly wonderful world of school nutrition. Every year, often at School Nutrition’s Roundtable of Leaders, a director or vendor recounts her or his path to the school nutrition profession. Maybe there was a period spent teaching or working in restaurants or healthcare, but the story almost always ends with “And now I’m staying put. I can’t imagine doing anything else.” I get it. There are so many things that attract my personal passions—and personal curiosity—about school nutrition. The commitment of those who work in this profession. The fact that most outsiders don’t have an inkling of the complexity of the job. The awareness that these programs make an incredible difference—especially for hungry children. creativity. I am routinely knocked out by the creativity I see in school nutrition. Some of you make it look so effortless that there is simply no excuse that more cafeterias across the country aren’t driving negative stereotypes right out of memory. But creativity takes will. It takes commitment. It takes an open mind. It takes energy. It’s work. But it can make the rest of your work so much fun! Your creativity inspires me, and I love that this magazine can be a forum to share examples of innovation and a source of inspiration. There are a lot of big ideas and innovations going on in the pages that follow. But remember, I have an unquenchable curiosity. I want to hear more, more, more about what you are doing. If you have a few minutes over the holiday break this month, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know about your creative triumphs. Tell us if you’ve read an idea in this magazine and went on to duplicate it successfully in your school or district. Finally, I invite you to share what inspires you and how you intend to apply that inspiration in 2013.
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