Rene Ison - Resolution of Commendation

Rene Ison - Resolution of Commendation
Posted on 09/12/2019
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Congratulations to Rene Ison, Kitchen Manager at John Muir Middle School, who received the prestigious Resolution of Commendation from the Wausau School District Board of Education for being named the 2019 Manager of the Year for the state of Wisconsin by the School Nutrition Association! In nominating Rene, Director of School Nutrition Services Karen Fochs said,

"On an ordinary work day, all of Rene’s energy, enthusiasm, and excitement can be found in the John Muir kitchen. Last year, Rene’s kitchen entertained an average of 161 student guests for breakfast and another 700 student guests for lunch. Rene’s love for the district reaches into many areas outside of school nutrition, such as teaching after-school programming, assisting with after-school sporting events and answering questions for students with essay writing challenges. Rene has never been afraid of the word “change” and she is willing to try new and efficient ways to serve food to students utilizing best practice ideas from school food shows and from the many meetings she attends. What sets Rene apart is her ability to stay positive and do the right thing for the students and her coworkers. Rene is often called upon by other school managers in the Wausau School District (and surrounding districts) for school management guidance and support. Rene is a walking billboard for School Nutrition. She leads by example, sparks enthusiasm in everyone she meets, and manages daily kitchen challenges with ease.

By the way…. Did I mention that Rene serves as the local Chapter 7 School Nutrition Association President and has held this position for the past 7+ years?  She has spent countless volunteer hours organizing Chapter meetings, continuing education sessions, and fundraising efforts for the local chapter membership, which is comprised of over 20 school districts. 

I am honored that you are a school nutrition services team member in the Wausau School District!  Congratulations, Rene!"