meet anthony fletcher AREA MANAGER » Frisco (Texas) Independent School District Q: How long have you been an SNA member? A: Eight years. I would say the top benefit of being a SNA member is the educational workshops, which are awesome—lots of information to bring back to our respective school districts! It really helps us with preparation for the Administrative Review. Q: How many Annual National Conferences (ANCs) have you attended, and which was your favorite? A: Three—my favorite was last year in Salt Lake City, Utah. I loved the city. Q: What’s your favorite aspect of the school nutrition profession? A: Training and education. I enjoy helping people understand the value of nutrition. Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot? A: San Diego, Calif. It’s my home, and I love the beach, the food and my family. Q: What do you do when you have an hour of free time? A: I love to jog when the weather permits, and then just relax afterward. Q: What’s your motto? A: All things are possible if you believe and work hard to accomplish it. Q: What’s your favorite meal? A: Seafood—salmon, dirty rice and veggies. Q: People would be surprised to know that . . . A: I hate to fly, and yet I fly home every year to see family and friends. Q: Are you a morning or night person? A: Morning. For me there is nothing like a new day. It’s very peaceful—squirrels eating, birds chirping, the morning dew being burned away by the sun as it peeks over the horizon. All those things only happen once all at one time, and it’s in the morning. Q: What did you do before you went into school foodservice? A: I am a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. I retired in March 2005, after 21 years of active duty, from Naval Support Activity in New Orleans just before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. I was a chef while I was in the Navy. I ran foodservice operations on ships and while stationed on shore duty. Q: What’s your favorite thing about the city or state in which you live? A: The awesome friends that I have met here in the Dallas metro area. After I retired from the Navy, I decided to make Wylie, Texas, my home. Frisco is about 45 minutes north of downtown Dallas. Q: What goal do you hope to achieve in the next 5 to 10 years? A: Continue my education. I definitely want a degree in nutrition. I really love to train and teach, which means I will always be learning new things to teach others.
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