Be positive, be strong, and never stop learning. Stephanie Lamour , Faculty , 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?
Even when I was a kid, watching my father cooking in the kitchen, I knew I wanted to cook.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
In the 15 years I’d been in the industry before I started teaching, I’d been hiring students coming out of other schools and noticed a lack of knowledge and speed in some of them. When I started teaching, I decided to make sure I’d show my students how it works in the real world. I talk about the challenges they’ll encounter and how to deal with them. For example, I let them know that here, they have all the space and equipment they need. But in the real world, they probably never will.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
For my mid-term and final practicals, students make their own food and show me what they learned.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
All our classes are team-taught. I teach students the importance of working together and communicating with each other, because that’s how it is in the industry.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Be positive, be strong, and never stop learning.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m very passionate about what I do every single day. I have high standards, and try to be a role model for my students.