Apr 4, 2019

Ryan Demers from Pewaukee High School Honored as 2019 Wisconsin ProStart Teacher of the Year

ProStart LogoThe Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation recently announced Ryan Demers, Family and Consumer Science Teacher at Pewaukee High School, as the 2019 Wisconsin ProStart® Teacher of the Year.  The award recognizes an exceptional educator in Wisconsin who utilizes the ProStart program in their classroom.  

Demers has taught at Pewaukee High School, Germantown Schools, and Pulaski High School for 14 years.  His commitment to Family and Consumer Science education is made clear in his roles as a foodservice educator, industry expert and community leader. 

Demers has grown the ProStart program at Pewaukee High School over the years to be one of the strongest in the state.  He encourages his students outside the classroom, encouraging them to participate in competitions like the Wisconsin ProStart Invitational and Recipe for Excellence. Many of his students have gone on to successful foodservice industry careers thanks to his dedication and leadership. 

“Ryan Demers’ contributions to education, extracurricular programming and career exploration all show an unmatched passion for the restaurant industry and make him very well-deserving of this commendation,” said Alex Vernon, ProStart Coordinator for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation.  

As Wisconsin’s ProStart Teacher of the Year, Demers will be nominated to be a finalist for national awards given by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.  

The ProStart program, administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant associations, is a curriculum designed to teach high school students the skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in paid jobs where industry managers mentor them.  When students meet academic standards, complete a checklist of competencies and participate in at least 400 hours of a mentored work experience, they are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement that signifies they are well qualified to enter the industry workforce.

With national and local support from industry members, educators, the NRAEF and state restaurant associations, ProStart reaches 140,000 students nationwide.  The ProStart program in Wisconsin reaches over 6,500 students. For more information on the ProStart program, visit www.chooserestaurants.org.

Founded in 1987, the WRA EF is among the largest state restaurant association foundations in the nation.  The Foundation vision is to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.