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Culinary Arts Education Teacher Grades 6-8

Position Type:
Middle School Teaching/Technology Education

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Sage Park Middle School

  • Title: Culinary Arts Teacher (Grades 6-12)

    Position Purpose:

    The culinary arts teacher maintains a learning environment where students are encouraged to ask questions, show respect for the teacher and classmates and learn about culinary arts in great detail. Instruction involves hands-on participation from the students so that they develop a firm understanding of the practice. The culinary arts teacher modifies instruction, as needed, to meet the needs of all students.

    Essential Functions:

    • Demonstrates culinary skills, food preparation, sanitation, and encourage healthy eating habits.

    • Plans and supervises food preparation labs with students in addition to planning and providing food preparation and catering services for various school events.

    • Demonstrates food preparation techniques in front of classes.

    • Supervises Structured Learning Experience (SLE) student workers.

    • Promotes critical and creative thinking and analysis.

    • Promotes a classroom environment that is safe and conducive to individualized and small group instruction, and student learning.

    • Develops lesson plans and instructional materials for subject area, and translates lesson plans into learning experiences to develop pertinent sequential assignments, challenge students, and best utilize the available time for instruction.

    • Instructs students in the proper use and care of cooking utensils, food preparation and storage.
    • Conducts ongoing assessment of student learning and progress, and modifies instructional methods to fit individual student's needs, including students with special needs; conducts individual and small group instruction as needed.

    • Continues to acquire professional knowledge and skills in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research.

    • Encourages parental involvement in students' education and ensures effective communication with students and parents.

    • Ensures that student conduct conforms to the school's standards and school district policies, and establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.

    • Coordinates with other professional staff members, especially within grade level, and participates in faculty meetings and committees.

    • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth. • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other internal and external contacts.


    • Three years' successful teaching experience in an urban setting preferred • Experience in the use of educational technology

    • Excellent oral and written communication and human relations skills • Salary will be in accordance with the WEA contract salary schedule

    Additional Duties:

    • Culinary arts teachers follow the EDMC curriculum when planning their lessons.
    • Monitor progress of the class

    • Keep grade records and provide data to the administration in a timely manner
    • Must be able to use appropriate technology, such as e-mail, to communicate with students and parents.

    • Must be knowledgeable about relevant culinary arts trends, techniques and professional practices.

    • Must be able to communicate relevant, real-world experiences to students.
    Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.


    • Uses standard office equipment such as personal computers, printer, copy and fax machines, and telephone.

    Travel Requirements:

    • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

    • Considerable knowledge within the field of commercial foods production;
    • Considerable knowledge of culinary arts core curriculum area;

    • Considerable knowledge of educational philosophy, teaching methods and approaches, and currently researched best practices and strategies;

    • Knowledge and appropriate use of large commercial kitchen equipment;
    • Knowledge and skills in culinary arts programs or restaurant management;
    • Knowledge of and ability to follow Board of Education policies and procedures;
    • Knowledge of child development;

    • Knowledge of classroom management techniques;

    • Knowledge of cost control procedures;

    • Knowledge of curriculum and program development;

    • Knowledge of industry related software;

    • Knowledge of instructional technologies;

    • Knowledge of designing learner outcomes;

    • Knowledge of learning theory, students' learning styles and needs, both academic and affective, and theories of multiple intelligences;

    Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:

    • Works in standard office and school building environments.

    Note: Also see the Summary of Physical, Sensory and Environmental Requirements Needed to Perform Essential Functions for this position.


    • Connecticut State Certification as a Culinary Arts Teacher (045, 098) • Motor Vehicle Operator's License or ability to provide own transportation.


    • Home Economics, PK-12

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college

    • Master's degree preferred


    • Successful prior teaching experience for the appropriate grade level preferred. FLSA Status:

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    Only current WPS teachers who are members of the WEA teachers' union may use the "Internal" application to apply. All others regardless of position/employment status with the district must complete the full application to be considered.

    Uploading resume, cover letter, letters of reference, etc. strongly encouraged but does not prevent application from being submitted. An automatic reply will be sent to the email address provided upon submission to confirm successful receipt of an application.

    Windsor Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F

    Windsor Public Schools are committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons. Windsor Public Schools do not discriminate in any employment practice, education program or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal non-discrimination laws. Windsor Public Schools shall not deny access to or a fair opportunity to meet, or otherwise discriminate, against any youth group listed as a patriotic society in Title 36 of the United State Code that wishes to conduct a meeting using school facilities pursuant to Board of Education policy. Windsor Public Schools do not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualified persons with a prior criminal conviction. District Title IX Coordinator: Danielle Batchelder, Director of Business Services and Human Resources / 601 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095, 860-687-2000 504 Coordinator: Mary Cristofaro, Director of Pupil & Special Education Services / 601 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095, 860-687-2000.

    Revised 7/9/2024

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