Tracey Hulme from Waterloo West High School is Iowa’s nominee for the 2017 Educator of Excellence Award. Tracey has worked hard to build her ProStart program and consistently produces winning culinary teams at the Iowa ProStart Invitational. In fact, This February her culinary team won their third consecutive Iowa ProStart Invitational Culinary Championship title and will advance to compete at the National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, SC this fall.
In an effort to combine classroom learning with real-life, industry experiences, Tracey has successfully implemented mentoring into her lesson plans. She has forged relationships with several award winning chefs in the Waterloo area and continues to lead the pack among Iowa ProStart schools in engaging mentors. Tracey makes every effort to help open doors for her students to connect with hospitality industry professionals through mentorship, regular field trips, and guest speakers and demonstrations.
Tracey participates in professional development opportunities annually to continue her education and implement best practices into her classroom. She is a strong advocate for the ProStart program across Iowa.