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NRAEF Presents ProStart Educators of the Year Awards

Bradshaw and Hummer receive the Maynard Award for excellence. 

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation honored 38 educators with the 2015 ProStart Educator of Excellence Award. In addition, Nathaniel Bradshaw of Wilbur Cross High School in Connecticut and Barbara Hummer of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Ohio received the James H. Maynard Excellence in Education Award recognizing two ProStart educators who excel both in and out of the classroom.

The 205 ProStart Educator Excellence Award recipients include:

  • Judy Achary – Lakeshore High School (Louisiana)
  • Mary Arthur – Oak Harbor high School (Washington)
  • Brett Boom – North 13th Street Technical School (New Jersey)
  • Nathaniel Bradshaw – Wilbur Cross High School (Connecticut)
  • Barbara Bruesewitz – Wauwatosa East High School (Wisconsin)
  • Dennis "Doc" Cain – Cape Girardeau Career and Technical School (Missouri)
  • Audra Cooper – Grandview High School (Colorado)
  • Brian Covell – Tucker County High School (West Virginia)
  • Lonnie Donahue – Prosser Career Education Center (Indiana)
  • Louise Dornbusch – Papillon LaVista South High School (Nebraska)
  • Mary Ferrari – Coronado High School (Nevada)
  • Charla Gillespie – Bowie High School (Maryland)
  • Jill Gore – Hinds Career Center/Pearl-Rankin Career and Technical School (Mississippi)
  • Stuart Gray – Bayside High School (Florida)
  • Nancy Haney – Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School (Massachusetts)
  • Cody Hayes – Rockwall High School (Texas)
  • Ernest Hudson – Appoquinimink High School (Delaware)
  • Barbara Hummer – Cuyahoga Valley Career Center (Ohio)
  • Megan Jaquet – Career and Technical Education Academy (South Dakota)
  • James Kuras – Carrier Educational Center (New York)
  • Ann Leider – Elgin High School (Illinois)
  • Molly Lithgow – Santa Fe High School (New Mexico)
  • Cynthia D. Lovett – Southeast Bullock High School (Georgia)
  • R. Lincoln Marquis – Louisa County High School (Virginia)
  • Linda Marshall – Iredell-Statesville Career Academy and Technical School (North Carolina)
  • Sam Musto – Saline High School (Michigan)
  • Santos Nieves – William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical School (Rhode Island)
  • Kim Plunkett – Vista High School (California)
  • Karen Rodriguez – Huntsville Center for Technology (Alabama)
  • Monique Sabby – Elk River High School (Minnesota)
  • Liana Scribner – Newcastle High School (Wyoming)
  • Mindy Shelton – Colton High School (Oregon)
  • Mary Smith – Burlington High School (Iowa)
  • Kathleen Vik – Chugiak High School (Alaska)
  • Heidi Weight – Timpanogos High School (Utah)
  • Bob Withrow – Burley High School (Idaho)
  • Lacey Woods – Wichita Heights High School (Kansas)
  • Rhonda Woods – Pelion High School (South Carolina)

The NRAEF's ProStart Educator Excellence Awards recognize educators who utilize the ProStart program in their classrooms. Each participating state restaurant association nominates its leading educator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his or her students and to the ProStart program. Bradshaw and Hummer were selected from the group of 38 ProStart Educator Excellence Award winners for 2015.

One of the largest industry-supported career technical education programs in the nation, each year ProStart impacts more than 118,000 students in nearly 1,700 secondary schools across 48 states, the territory of Guam and U.S. Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific.