Laura Duba, R.D.
(Note: Duba was an intern at Brandon Valley.) According to Gay Anderson, child nutrition director for Brandon Valley School District, Laura has made an impact on foodservice by:
- Being a director of one of the largest districts and the only R.D. in school foodservice in the state at the age of 23
- Planning her first new school while in her first year on the job. She makes solid decisions and has earned the respect of her business manager and superintendent
- Making the necessary changes to increase her department’s participation and bottom line as she implements and leads her staff, despite age differences
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Becoming an R.D. and obtaining a career I can look forward to each day.
I am eager to share up-to-date nutrition information with others. Having new ideas to pass on that students can relate to will help increase overall consumption of healthier choices.
My parents always told me, “Take one day at a time.” Having an open mind and positive attitude makes any day better.
As I continually work toward my goals for the program, I have to remind myself that everything will not happen in my first year. I’m excited for what I have planned but need to be patient.
Hearing any student say how much he/she enjoys the meal.
Increase participation in school breakfast and lunch programs and get into the classrooms to teach nutrition to students.
As a dietetic intern in school nutrition, I had microwaveable hand warmers for cold winter days. I turned on the microwave and walked to another part of the kitchen only to return to smoke rolling out of the microwave when I opened it. The microwave had a bit more power than what I was used to. I thought the fire alarms in the entire school were going to go off. I was extremely thankful for large kitchen exhaust hoods that day. The hand warmers are now history.
At the beginning of the school year I felt swamped with paperwork. Now that I have things figured out a bit more in terms of what needs to be done and when, it’s simple.