Nashville resident Faye Taylor says she couldn’t be more excited about taking over the position of school nutrition director for Warren County Schools.
“This town is great and everybody has been so nice,” said Taylor. “It’s just really good to have that rural feeling coming here. I’m from a big city so that’s been exciting because everyone has been so welcoming and enthusiastic about my ideas.”
Taylor, who took over the position the week after Thanksgiving, has already started implementing those ideas. She’s creating new menus to use for the spring semester while utilizing the commodities available.
For example, Taylor discussed having themed days at WCHS such as Asian, Italian and Hispanic food items on Thursdays.
“I feel like I am able to add that personal touch to the menus because I do have a lot of nutritional knowledge about guidelines and variety, as well as marketing appeal to the students,” said Taylor.
As far as qualifications, Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science at MTSU. After graduating, she worked as a field manager for Metro Schools for over nine years. During this time, Taylor supervised 32 schools, 117 employees and 18 managers while running The Daily Grind, a café located at the Wellness Center for Metro Nashville schools employees.
“I learned a lot about financing, working with an $80,000 budget, recipes for the bistro, catering and running a food program,” said Taylor.
Another new idea Taylor is bringing to our school district is Harvest of the Month, an educational program designed to make learning about fruit and veggies easy, tasty and fun. Taylor explained that each month a harvest item will be showcased.
“For example, January is mandarin oranges so we’ll hang up posters and educational literature on the wall so students can see the produce item facts and recipes,” said Taylor.
Although Taylor described the responsibilities of school nutrition staff as often laborious and time consuming, she said it’s rewarding to see children receiving and experiencing different types of food. For Taylor, it’s a big deal knowing she and her staff provide 40 percent of recommended daily value to children at the schools each day.
“I am passionate about teaching children about nutrition by letting them know what they need to have every day to be healthy and also to fuel them in learning,” said Taylor.
Director of Schools Bobby Cox said Taylor has been a wonderful addition to their leadership team and appreciates the new ideas she has brought.
Right now, Taylor is commuting from Nashville, but says she’s ready to make McMinnville her new home.
“I’m touched by the acceptance and look forward to being here for a long time and continuing to raise the standards for our nutrition program,” said Taylor.