Introducing new faculty
November 9, 2010
Tina Osbahr is rarely afraid of the concoctions her students whip up. As the foods, nutrition and gourmet cooking teacher at Park City High School, Osbahr typically knows when her students didn’t follow the instructions well enough.
"This being my seventh year, you can kind of tell in their faces if they screwed up," she said.
She earned her family and consumer sciences bachelor’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego in 2004. With the intention of going on to teach, she finished her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in teaching and learning at the same university in 2006.
Following her schooling, she taught five years at a high school in Delano, Calif., which is north of Bakersfield in south-central California. She spent last school year teaching on the army base in Dugway, Utah.
Since coming to the Park City School District this year, Osbahr is impressed with the students she teaches. "They are the most enjoyable group of kids I’ve gotten to teach," she said. "They really have a desire to learn."
Osbahr appreciates the diverse activities her students juggle while still working hard to earn good grades. "It’s neat to talk to kids that do something outside of the norm of what a typical high-schooler would do," she said.
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This year, Osbahr plans to strengthen the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program at the high school, which will consist of leading her gourmet cooking students to compete against other schools throughout the state.
She also teaches the ProStart cooking program, which is designed to prepare students to go on to commercial food preparation. As part of the National Restaurant Association, ProStart draws students to compete for recognition as well as additional funding.
She said she hopes to introduce a teacher-feedback aspect to her foods classes, allowing her students to take samples of their cooking to teachers throughout the school.
"They tend to want to do better and try harder if they know it has to go to a teacher," she said.