ANC Speaker Spotlight: Gabriela Pacheco, School Nutrition Consultant

2015-03-04

SNA is providing you with a “sneak peek” into some of the most popular speakers we have lined up for ANC 2015. Read on for a Q+A with, Gabriela Pacheco, SNS, to learn what she’ll be sharing with you in Salt Lake City!

In your opinion, what are the most important trends and issues impacting school nutrition professionals today?
Implementing the new meal pattern requirements while keeping your operation financially secure is certainly an issue at many districts! Giving students what they “want” and what they “need” is no easy task. Training your cafeteria staff to follow those requirements while preparing healthy, appealing meals is critical - and training can really be a challenge when there are language barriers. I’ve seen foodservice directors come up with really creative ideas to train those with language barriers.

Give us a sneak peek about what you have planned for your ANC session! What can attendees expect from you? How will your talk benefit them in their day-to-day?
If you have a high Hispanic population in your district, my pre-con session is a must-attend for you. I’ll be speaking with Dora Rivas, SNS, of Dallas Independent School District and Sandra Kemp, SNS, of Albuquerque Public Schools to discuss the challenges and solutions of training Spanish-speaking staff to effectively serve compliant meals. We’ll be brainstorming the most effective ways to make sure our districts effectively train entry-level Spanish-speaking cafeteria staff, which is especially critical when it comes to issues like reading labels to use cleaning supplies safely and to serve meals that are safe and compliant.

We will be “borrowing” examples from several directors who are training Spanish-speaking staff successfully. One important note – attendees do not have to speak Spanish to attend. This is geared for cafeteria managers and directors.

I will also be presenting an education session called "A picture tells 100 words – Una imagen dice 100 palabras” - this session is for anyone who wants to understand what a reimbursable meal really looks like. We’ll use training tools to learn what food items and portions constitute a reimbursable meal. The goal is for attendees to increase productivity and ensure lunch lines run smoother and faster.

Tell us a little bit about your background in school nutrition.
I served as Nutrition Coordinator for Albuquerque Public Schools from 1998 to 2004. I worked a lot with menu planning and analysis, special diets, staff training, and administrative responsibilities. Beginning in 2004, I started my work as a School Nutrition Consultant working with districts.

What are you most excited about for ANC ’15?
As always, I look forward to learning from others and walking the exhibit floor to see all the new and exciting products!

Where can attendees keep up with you and learn more?
You can follow me on LinkedIn for updates!

Gabriela’s pre-conference session, “English, Spanish or Spanglish? Challenges and Solutions to Training Spanish-Speaking Staff” will be Saturday, July 11, at ANC Salt Lake City. Get more #ANC15 updates by following SNA on Facebook and Twitter!

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