I am SOOO excited!! I'm a special ed teacher by trade, but I've been off work on a medical leave for a couple months now. Over that time, I decided that I'm ready for a break from Special Ed for a little while. Starting May 1, I will be the Lead Teacher at a Children's cooking school called Young Chef's Academy. It's a school designed for after-school classes - think of all the soccer lessons, piano teachers, and art programs out there. Field trips, summer camps, Mommy and Me classes, birthday parties. The Academy provides all the lesson plans, organized into themes. I'll work with groups of about 15 kids for an hour and a half at a time, doing a main cooking activity and a few supplementary acitvites that have to do with food......learning about kitchen science, taste buds, etc. I'll be doing all the weekday classes and camps; I also anticipate being asked to train a few college students who will be running birthday parties on the weekends. Never thought I'd find a job that combines my love of teaching and my love of cooking! I ran an after-school cookig club for several years, until the city cut funding for after-school programs. But this is definitely more professional and on a grander scale. I can't wait!!!