Samara Collins

Samara Collins

Work History

Work History
Aug 2011 - Present

Child Nutrition Supervisor

Mooresville Graded School District
  • Assist in the supervision of the school food service operation, which feeds over 3,000 students in 3 elementary schools, 2 intermediate schools, 1 middle school and 1 high school.
  • Publish monthly menus that meet United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal requirements for traditional food-based menu planning
  • Update and maintain nutrition information in Nutrikids menu planning software
  • Process diet orders
  • Assist the child nutrition director with safety and sanitation inspections at each school
Jun 2008 - Jul 2011

Nutritionist

Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Assisted in the supervision of the school food service operation, which fed over 13,000 students in 2 high schools, 5 middle schools, 17 elementary schools and 2 alternative schools
  • Created monthly menus for elementary and secondary schools usingUnited States Department of Agriculture (USDA) enhanced food-based menu guidelines
  • Developed nutrition education materials,taught nutrition classes and represented the department at wellness events
  • Worked with students with special dietary needs, such as diabetes, celiac disease and phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Hired new staff
  • Maintained the departmental website to include school menus, free and reduced meal application information, and upcoming events
  • Served as the direct contact for food vendors
  • Facilitated all staff training in the areas of technology, food safety and sanitation and meal requirements
  • Maintained point of sale system (Café Enterprise) and inventory system (iSmartOne)
  • Found compliant in all areas related to job responsibilities for state audits in 2009-2010 and a federal audit in April 2011
  • Established professional development opportunities for staff by offering classes such as Healthy Edge and a manager’s training course
  • Received a $20,000 federal grant and established the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at Hurt Park Elementary School
  • Created a 6-week cycle menu that complied with all United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines.
  • Implemented a new food safety system including updated Standard Operating Procedures and formal training in the form of ServSafe classes
  • Developed new recipes to be used in batch cooking that met all United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards

Education

Education
Aug 2009 - Aug 2010

Master of Science in Education

Virginia Tech

Concentration: Health Promotion

Aug 2004 - May 2008

Bachelor of Science

Virginia Tech

Concentration: The Science of Food, Nutrition and Exercise

Skills

Skills

Nutrikids Menu Planning Software

Experience with the nutrient analysis, production records and shopping list features

Microsoft Office

Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint

Summary

Samara Collins is the Child Nutrition Supervisor for Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, NC. She is a certified trainer for the National School Nutrition Association and a certified ServSafe instructor and exam proctor for the National Restaurant Association. She earned her bachelor's degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise and her master's degree in Health Education from Virginia Tech.

Samara's short-term goal is to earn her RD so that she can more effectively educate students in the area of nutrition. Her long-term goal is to find creative and innovative ways to run a school nutrition department that is profitable, meets all federal guidelines and regulations, utilizes government commodities, and provides students with healthy, well-balanced meals.

Work Philosophy: Work hard and complete all tasks to the best of your ability. 

Interest

Childhood Nutrition and Weight Management

Community Organizations

School Nutrition Association 

  • Member, 2008  -present
  • Certified Trainer, 2009  -present
  • Roanoke City School Nutrition Association President, 2010 - 2011
  • Healthy Edge instructor at Virginia School Nutrition Association State Conference, March 2011

  • Roanoke City School Nutrition Association Treasurer, 2009 - 2010

Roanoke City School Health Advisory Board

  • Member, 2008-2011

Certifications

Certifications
Jul 2009 - Jul 2014

Certified Trainer

School Nutrition Association
Jul 2009 - Jul 2014

ServSafe Instructor and Exam Proctor

National Restaurant Association