Warren Technical School's very own Chef Dene Lynn has been named the Region 1 Teacher of Year for the 2016-2017 school year. She joined the faculty of Warren Technical School in 2012. Prior to becoming an educator, Chef Lynn worked at various organizations. They include, but are not limited to, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, The Suzuki School, and the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York City, where she researched data and metrics for various projects related to childhood obesity.
She received exceptional training and instruction from colleges and universities nationally and abroad. She earned degrees from Liberty University, Felix Fechenbach Berufskolleg (Detmold, Germany), Atlanta Technical College, and Georgia State University.
Her philosophy of teaching is primarily focused on Maslow's Hierachy of Needs. She believes that she must "Address the needs of my students before learning can occur. Once the needs have been addressed, students can blossom creatively, solve problems and become productive students who attain levels of achievement that they have never experienced."
Under Chef Lynn's leadership, students were awarded honors in local, regional, and state competitions. The most notable awards include: Two time winners at DeKalb "Iron Chef" Competition, Junior League of DeKalb Culinary Champions, FCCLA Regional Culinary Champions, and FCCLA Digital Delish State Championship.
Individually, Chef Lynn brought home the Region 1 Superintendent Culinary Champion Award in 2013.
Way to go Chef Lynn!