Apple Valley teacher completes elite food science training program –

By Staff Reports

APPLE VALLEY — A teacher here was recently selected as one of only 30 teachers nationwide to complete an elite food science training program.

Apple Valley High School teacher Tamara Alt successfully completed the program developed and implemented through a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Graduate School USA.

The one-week program for junior high and high school sciences teachers, as well as family and consumer science and health education teachers, took place in Washington this summer.

Alt has already implemented this training into the classroom, and her students recently began a lab designed to answer the question “Where does bacteria grow?”

“This food science curricula is not only fun, exciting and relevant to my students, but it is also allowing me to implement better teaching strategies in my classroom,” Alt said. “I love that these labs allow my students to design and implement their own experiments. We aren’t just learning science, we’re doing it.”

The training is part of the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science, a sustained effort to train U.S. teachers to use FDA’s curriculum in their classrooms nationwide and train additional teachers in their area of the country. Apple Valley Unified School District officials said the goal of the program is to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues such as foodborne illnesses by exploring the science behind them.

“The program arms teachers with a unique topic and curriculum with which to teach science,” AVUSD officials said.

In addition, participants learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety, and color additives from FDA experts. The teachers also receive nutrition education material to help teach their students how to use the Nutrition Facts label to make better food choices.

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