Kathleen Tozzi

Kathleen Tozzi

Don't be afraid to try. Kathleen Tozzi , Culinary Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I knew how much I loved it on a Valentine’s Day when I was 16 and worked my first Friday night on the line, cooking in my family’s restaurant. It was the busiest night we’d had in a long time, but I knew then that my purpose in life was to feed people.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

Storytelling. I‘ve always learned best from my mentors when they’ve shared their stories of how they came to make decisions and create innovations. I try to incorporate that same style into the classroom experience.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I try to create memorable experiences for students to learn from—including bringing in industry professionals as guest speakers and visiting businesses and organizations. The more you experience, the more you can learn.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

I think collaboration is the key to success in life and business. It’s not always easy—it can be downright difficult. But real collaboration can make any project evolve in ways no one individual could accomplish.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Don’t be afraid to try.