GREENVILLE - Greenville Public School's new Food Service Director Ken Poor brings years of culinary knowledge to his position, including 20 years of teaching in the classroom.
Poor wants to make a connection with students and provide a welcoming feeling at the new high school dining facilities for everyone seeking a well-balanced meal.
"I taught culinary arts in Connecticut," Poor
"This is a whole new step for me, but I am settling in well."
Poor was not always a teacher.
Earlier in his career he was a wholesale contractor.
"It wasn't long before I realized that type of work wasn't for me," he
Unhappy with his
contracting and sales career, he
decided to go back to college.
"I was a non-traditional student going back to college after having a career," he
While attending college, he
obtained a job working under a Johnson and Whales trained chef.
worked in many areas of the food service industry.
"I was a food service manager for a convention center," he said.
"I also have experience working in a Christian camp dishwashing and moving up from there.
I new early on I had a passion for food."
moved to Greenville from Connecticut earlier this year after his
wife had been in Michigan for a year.
"My wife, Becky, accepted the call as a pastor in Saranac," he said.
"It is what we do when we receive the calling, we follow the call."
Greenville Public Schools Food Service Director Kenneth Poor brings 20 years of culinary experience to his new position. - Daily News/Lonnie Allen
In mid-July, he was hired as the new food services director in Greenville.
had originally applied for a teaching position.
"I was approached and asked if I would consider applying for the job I hold now," he
"I feel very blessed with what I inherited here in Greenville."
is excited and happy to be in Michigan and glad he
is part of a school district that shows compassion for its students.
"The community has a great school district," Poor
"The administration cares for every student and is always seeking what is best for students."
considers the students when making important decisions about dining in any of the Greenville schools.
"What is best for the kids," Poor
has exceeded the expectations so far," Crawford said.
With new federal guidelines in place for school meals, Crawford sees Poor
as an asset to the program.
brings years of experience in culinary arts teaching and hospitality," Crawford said.
and his entire staff have risen to many challenges in terms of delivering new and healthier dining options for students, while doing so in new facilities and at a dramatically greater volume," Haines said.
started the high school, the dining facility was unfinished.
jumped in and faced the challenge of being ready to serve food when school started in the fall.
"The food service program at the high school was in the middle of a transformation when Ken
began working here," Crawford said.
It is this attitude of creativity and delicious food for students that keeps Poor
looking forward to each new day at his
"My main goal is to make sure each student is happy to eat here," Poor
"I want the students to enjoy the food and enjoy the atmosphere while eating."
said none of this could have been done without the staff he
has working for him.
"I have been blessed with great leadership at the middle and elementary schools," Poor
leadership and the great employees in our Food and Nutrition Department together make this happen daily for our students."