"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"
Meet Chef Asata
I completed my Masters in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) at the University of Kansas in December 2016, and I have posted artifacts from my work on this site as part of my capstone portfolio, to illustrate how I researched and synthesized information to develop a plan for Health Education reform in the Prek-5 setting with a STEAM curriculum. My goal was to produce a Health curriculum that was relevant to students and connected cross-disciplinary standards for meaningful learning opportunities in an environment that promoted positive health outcomes for students and families, teachers/administrators, and the surrounding community.
Community Health Educator
As the Nutrition Health Educator at the Healing Community Center, I help patients on their path to health and recovery by addressing lifestyle habits based in balanced nutrition and physical exercise. I also direct classes for the community to raise awareness and improve health outcomes amongst our neighbors. I have worked in corporate and community wellness programs for over a decade with organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, the Metro Atlanta YMCAs, Georgia Organics and the Arthur Blank Foundation.
After School Program
I have been teaching Cooking & Nutrition for four years at the Prek-5 level, and have taught health education for adults for almost a decade through some of the leaders in the community and corporate wellness. I am thrilled to lead your student on a journey to self-empowerment and wellness. Yes! That is essentially what Health Education and Cooking & Nutrition are all about!
As a Health Teacher, my goal is to use cross-curricular and Project-based learning so that students see how connected health is to all aspects of their life. I'm not only interested in teaching standards, but in teaching critical thinking, problem-solving and life skills that our kids will use to live empowered and authentic lives.
I love "training the trainers" so that those who work with and for our children, seniors and community can continue to enhance and spread health education best practices, healthy cooking methods, and sustainable food procurement, growth and consumption. We literally are what we eat, and I can't be everywhere, so training those who have a hand in the pot or a place in the classroom in our community helps me spread the gospel of healthy living.