Laura M. Nance
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
I am passionate about healthy living through diet, exercise and meditation as it's well documented the positive effects this type of lifestyle can have on every aspect of a person's life. I am thankful for and embrace every opportunity I have to disseminate that message of health and well being to students and co-workers. I enjoy learning about their interests as well and am amazed by all the things I have learned by others here. Laura M Nance , 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?
When I was a college freshman, I took a nutrition class as an elective. It didn’t take me long to know that I’d found my niche.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I use my personal work experiences as real-world examples to add a practical element to lectures.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
My favorite class assignment is having students design a menu for a fictitious venue—not a restaurant, but something like a spa or nursing home. They have to learn about that setting’s clientele, and how to cater to their specific personal/medical dietary requirements. They create details about the venue and put their knowledge of nutrition to the test. I find they get really creative when they come up with their own venue...they feel accountable for providing good service to their "own" business.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
Collaborating with other students, particularly from other programs, opens the door to thinking outside the box.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Respect others’ opinions, beliefs and backgrounds. You don’t always have to agree, but you should listen—and learn from them. Embracing diverse viewpoints can help you develop your own creativity.