Katherina Griley

Culinary Academic Director Katherina Griley

Be confident! Katherina Griley , Academic Director, Culinary
, The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

When I realized that, in my role, I had the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life every day.

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

Relaying stories of my past experience in the industry makes the concepts and theories more relatable and concrete, and I think it helps students to know someone who’s actually lived the lessons they’re teaching.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

My favorite class assignment, and the one that gives me the greatest sense of accomplishment, is recipe costing. Most Culinary students are terrified by math. Teaching recipe costing in an interactive, hands-on way keeps them engaged. Realizing that culinary math is really just addition, subtraction, multiplication and division eases the anxiety. Solving the challenge becomes a fun process—both for me and my students.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

It helps students realize that they won't be alone, that they won’t be expected to excel at everything. Networking with others to share ideas, and tapping into other students’ talents, is crucial to their career success, no matter what program they’re enrolled in.

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

Be confident!