Educator Spotlight: Chef Catherine Bruce

Chef Catherine Bruce

Chef Catherine Bruce and Gracie Graham
Chef Catherine Bruce is pictured with student Gracie Graham, who was also profiled in this issue.

Why did you become a teacher?

I love seeing how passionate these students are and how excited they are to learn. Teaching inspires me to continually learn new skills in the kitchen.

What has been your greatest success as a teacher?

I love seeing the amazing creations these students make in the kitchen. I just give them the tools and basic skills and set them free to play!

How do you motivate your students?

That's an easy one — food! They know that their reward for hard work is to sample their creations.

What advice would you give first-year teachers?

Remember that you are there to serve, and with that service mindset comes humility. Don't be afraid to tell a student that you don't know the answer to their questions. You can learn together!


Connections is the magazine for K-12 career and technical education (CTE) in Mississippi. The biannual publication features students, educators, schools, and organizations from approximately 50 career pathways across 16 career clusters. This Mississippi Department of Education publication is produced by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Issues are disseminated in print and electronic forms in May and December each year.

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