GREAT FALLS — Jessa Younger, director of Great Falls Public Schools Nutrition Services, has been recognized by the School Nutrition Association for her work.
She is one of only six school food service directors nationwide to be named the organization’s 2022 Regional Director of the Year.
“At first, I think the reaction is proud because so many of our employees have worked so hard over the past two years,” Youngers said when asked how she reacted to the national recognition. from his work.
“I think the acknowledgment from the district and the professional organization was really just validation that the way we’re handling kids’ food or student meal access throughout the pandemic was what we needed to do and was effective for students and families in our community,” said Youngers.
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Jessa Youngers is described as having a big vision and working hard to achieve her goals, one of which was to improve students’ access to breakfast. By transforming some of the district’s traditional cafeteria breakfast programs into classroom breakfast (BIC) programs, she was able to feed an additional 500 students a day.
Youngers found ways to streamline processes and overcome obstacles related to supply chain disruptions and staff shortages. She has integrated new technologies into daily operations. The district now uses electronic forms and tools for ordering, to better manage inventory and avoid last-minute menu changes.
The young people’s thoughtful ideas were used to help the district design kitchens for two new elementary schools and a high school. His insights ensured that all needs were catered for and solutions were in place to maximize staff and student efficiency.
Jessa Youngers has been praised for her dedication to the welfare of her staff. She enlisted experts to provide employees with tools to help them deal with stress and take care of themselves. She also recognizes the value of growing leaders within her team and fosters professional development and employee advancement.
Youngers worked to develop relationships with district administrators and school staff members outside of his department. Her transparency and willingness to help others understand the details and requirements of USDA programs has earned recognition from school board members.
“School nutrition professionals are so often the unsung heroes,” said Diane Pratt-Heavner of the School Nutrition Association.
“This awards program was truly designed to collect and elevate the stories of these incredible men and women who work every day to not only provide students with a healthy meal, but also to be a friendly face in the cafeteria,” Heavner added. -Pratt.
So what made Jessa stand out?
“Jessa is a great example of the qualities we look for in our Directors of the Year. Her efforts to expand school breakfasts and ensure children have access to healthy meals to start their day off right. ‘is so impressive,” Pratt told Paradise
“I think the pandemic has knocked everybody down, right? Everyone was working very hard to make things work, so I feel like it’s kind of a reinvigoration. Hopefully our staff can look at it from that perspective as well,” Youngers said.