PNW BOCES Teacher Receives Culinary Educator Award



January 30, 2018

Suzanne Low-Pratt recently received the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s ProStart Educator of Excellence award and is now in the running to become a national recipient of this prestigious honor. Low-Pratt, a Career and Technical Education teacher at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, teaches in the Hospitality Academy on the Yorktown campus.
 
The award recognizes educators who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and commitment and creativity in all aspects of the ProStart program.
 
Low-Pratt, whose students took home first-place prizes two years in a row in the New York State ProStart competitions, is excited—and surprised—about her award.
 
“I am humbled by being selected Educator of Excellence,” she said.
 
Low-Pratt, who has been teaching at the Hospitality Academy at BOCES for eight years, previously taught at the Culinary Institute of America. “I consider myself blessed to be able to teach at The Tech Center and do what I love,” she said.
 
ProStart, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, is a nationwide two-year high school program that brings the restaurant industry into the classroom, through education and student competitions. Its goal is to develop the best students into talented restaurant and foodservice leaders.
 
Each state Educational Foundation nominates its leading educator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his or her students and to the ProStart program.
 
Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES teacher Suzanne Low-Pratt received the ProStart Educator of Excellence award recently.