» meet Reyes Salazar KITCHEN MANAGER » SALT LAKE CITY (UTAH) SCHOOL DISTRICT Q: How long have you been an SNA member, and how many Annual National Conferences (ANCs) have you attended? A: I have been an SNA member for four years and attended two ANCs. My favorite was 2016 in San Antonio, because I got to travel to a new city. There was so much going on—I got to walk down the River Walk and take a boat ride. There were a lot of restaurants everywhere you turned—great music and dancing! I also learned so much from the education sessions on how to provide great service to students, building participation for breakfast and lunch and providing delicious, healthy food. Q: What’s your favorite aspect of the school nutrition profession? A: Waking up every morning knowing that I get to feed these children and see their smiling faces while they eat their favorite meals. Q: What’s your favorite school nutrition memory? A: As a child, it was getting to eat the breakfast donuts at my elementary school. When I knew my school lunch ladies were serving breakfast, I already knew I was going to be a happy camper. Q: If you had a warning label, what would yours say? A: I would think it would be “Caution: Hot Manager,” because of the spicy flavor I bring to the kitchen. I have a sassy attitude, but in a good way! Q: What is one thing you will never do again? A: I will never again take life for granted. I’ve learned I have to live life to the fullest. Cherish every special moment you get, pretending it might be your last. Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot and why? A: Las Vegas—I get to visit relatives and hang out with everyone, go to the Strip, to go the movies and out to eat. I am surrounded by great people who love and care about me. Q: What’s your favorite part of summer? A: Serving children during summer school and at the parks. Many [otherwise wouldn’t] get to eat breakfast and lunch during summer! Q: If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? A: I would go back to 2012, because my grandmother passed away that year. I would give anything to see her again, hear her voice and see her smiling with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I also miss her cooking—nobody can outcook my grandmother. She cooked with lots of love and flavor. Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of and why? A: Graduating from high school, because I struggled with school all my life. Walking across the stage to receive my diploma was one of my proudest moments. I was the first child in my family to graduate. It’s pretty special to me to set an example to my younger siblings that they, too, can graduate if they work hard and give it their all.
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