Award Winners

Grant Awarded to RSU 14 by Pinnacle Food Services at the 2015 Maine SNA Fall Conference

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Spotlight on Louise Dean – Maine’s Director of the Year for 2018 & School Nutrition Association’s Northeast Regional Director of the Year for 2018

Louise Dean is a true School Nutrition Super Hero!! She has been rocking the school nutrition world for 28 years, and has served Maine School Nutrition Association by holding the office of Vice President and President, and she was also the President of the Aroostook County Chapter of the Maine School Nutrition Association.

Over the years, Louise has inspired and mentored so many school nutrition professionals! She has dedicated herself and her career to feeding hungry children, and as the School Nutrition Director of RSU 39 in northern Maine, she has championed Community Eligibility, ensuring that children throughout her district have access to healthy school meals. While in RSU #39, by implementing strategies such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Community Eligibility, Point of Sale System and online payment options, school breakfast participation has increased 350% and student visits to the school nurse have decreased 50%. Lunch participation is up by 25%, too, indicating that school meals are really feeding the future in RSU #39!

But Louise doesn’t stop there! She’s so dedicated to excellence in school nutrition, she sought out a Maine Child Nutrition Program Grant to host a training workshop for School Nutrition Professionals in Northern Maine, and she continues to train her staff annually, providing staff with opportunities to meet their professional standard training hours, as well as opportunities to grow & excel in the School Nutrition field.

Over the years, Louise has been featured in School Nutrition Magazine, the Maine Light, the Wall Street Journal, and MeASBO Magazine. She is a true champion, role model & mentor – a perfect example of a School Nutrition Super Hero, and Maine’s 2018 Director of the Year, as well as School Nutrition Association’s Northeast Region’s Director of the Year for 2018.

Portland Public Schools Nutrition Manager Wins State Recognition

Portland, Maine March 30, 2015 – The non-profit Maine School Nutrition Association has awarded Nancy McAdam from Portland Public Schools the Manager of the Year Award, considered the highest honor a school nutrition manager can earn. The award recognizes a cafeteria manager who has demonstrated dedication and ingenuity to improve his or her school meal program.

Maine SNA’s Manger of the year – Christin Wardwell

Christin Wardwell, Kitchen Manager at South Portland High School is Maine’s 2018 School Nutrition Manager of the Year. As a long term member of the South Portland School Nutrition Team, Chris strives for excellence as she meets the daily challenges of managing a school nutrition operation of a large high school.

Always seeking to meet the needs of her customers, Chris listens to the students and reacts to their suggestions adding menu choices and options to keep customers satisfied. She is always decorating the cafeteria and planning special promotions in order to engage the customer and build school meal participation and satisfaction. In doing so, Chris creates a cafeteria that is a fun & safe place for the students.

Chris is an active member of her school’s Wellness Team and actively attends Maine School Nutrition Association trainings and conferences, sharing the knowledge and expertise gained with her team. Christin is an amazing School Nutrition Manager, who daily leads her team to SUCCESS! Congratulations, Chris, on being Maine SNA’s 2018 School Nutrition Manager of the Year.

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