TRAEF 2019 Educator Excellence Award: Becky J. Salter

Jul 1
Emily Knight and BJ Salter

John Marshall High School Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Becky J. Salter is the latest recipient of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s (TRAEF) Educator Excellence Award. Salter has 14 years of experience in family consumer science and culinary arts, and has been teaching at John Marshall High School at Northside ISD in San Antonio for nearly ten years. 

The Educator Excellence Award is presented by TRAEF to an educator who has made significant contributions to culinary education through both an unwavering dedication to their students and a strong presence in their community. 

“Becky’s determination, accomplishments, and thriving program are proof of how an incredible educator can make a difference in students’ lives,” said Jessica Delgado, TRA Education Foundation chairwoman and owner of house. wine. & bistro., SALT – New American Table, and Salome on Main. “She is teaching her students lifelong lessons in hard work and leadership that they will carry with them throughout their careers.”

Salter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University and a Graduate Certification from St. Philip’s College and began her teaching career at Southside High School. She discovered the ProStart curriculum from Restaurantville and worked to implement the ProStart curriculum at John Marshall High School.

Since her arrival at John Marshall High School, she has implemented the Texas ProStart curriculum, trained students in culinary arts, pastry arts, and management skills. Her Texas ProStart management team placed second in the regional competition in 2019, and her culinary team placed first in regionals in 2017. She has been a strong supporter of the ProStart curriculum and is constantly implementing what she has learned from ProStart into her teaching and her everyday life lessons.

“This is my Academy Award, my Tony, my Grammy…the legitimacy and encouragement to forge ahead to provide empowered students for the food industry.”  

“Even though I come from a long line of educators, education was not my first choice, or second. It is now my passion. I cannot find the words this award means to me as a comprehensive high school culinary educator bestowed by industry leaders,” said Salter. “This is my Academy Award, my Tony, my Grammy…the legitimacy and encouragement to forge ahead to provide empowered students for the food industry.”  

“I would be remiss to not send a heartfelt thank you to Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, San Antonio Restaurant Association, and Chef Patrick Costello for all you do for educators. The impact you make on the students today will be returned as they become your employees tomorrow. Thank you for making dreams come true: mine and theirs,” said Salter.

The award will be presented at the Night of Excellence awards gala at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas on Saturday, July 13.  This event is in conjunction with the TRA Marketplace, July 14-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. 

The award package includes complimentary registration to the annual Culinary Educators Training Conference, $1,000 to use toward her Texas ProStart program, travel and registration to TRA Marketplace as well as a crystal trophy. 

Event sponsors include: Texas Mutual and every chapter in the Texas Restaurant Association.


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