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JPPSS Teacher Named 2013 Louisiana Prostart Educator Of The Year

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Grace King High School teacher Jeryl Fischtziur has been named the 2013 ProStart Educator of the Year by the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF).

ProStart is a two-year culinary management program for high school juniors and seniors with a curriculum designed to teach students culinary techniques as well as restaurant management skills. It operates in 42 high schools statewide, and nearly 1,300 students participate in the program.

“Congratulations to Jeryl Fischtziur on being honored by the Louisiana Restaurant Association for his outstanding work in helping prepare our students for a career in the food and hospitality industries,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr.

“Mr. Fischtziur works very closely with the LRA to provide great opportunities for our students,” said Meg Griffon, principal of Grace King High School. “His work ethic and tireless efforts for our students is truly a gift to Grace King High School. We are proud of him and look forward to the continued growth of our ProStart program and student success!”

Fischtziur has been on staff at Grace King for the past 24 years and has served as the school’s ProStart teacher since he started the program nine years ago. In the last two years, 16 Grace King students have been certified in ProStart and 10 students have earned the ServSafe certification, both industry-recognized certifications. In addition to his ProStart duties, Fischtziur is the athletic director and the chair of the school’s business department.

Fischtziur will be honored at the 2013 LRAEF Five Star Futures Gala to be held on August 3, 2013 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. He was also recently recognized, along with his counterparts from across the country, at the National Restaurant Association’s annual NRA Show in Chicago this past May for this exemplary dedication to the ProStart program.