"Ms. Steele (is) extremely knowledgeable and worked so well with the students.”
—Mr. Lechner, Teacher, Cameron Elementary
“Great program! We love it!"
—Monique Avila, Teacher, Monte Vista
“I loved the new recipes and your fresh perspective on presenting lessons, they were well researched and enthusiastically delivered.”
—Mrs. Estrada, Teacher, Bursch Elementary
“Ms. Steele does all she can to provide the best experience with the appropriate curriculum for all our students. The recipes are great...and I know that all my students look forward to our trips.”
—Sindia Ramirez, Teacher, Bursch Elementary
“Thank you for taking your time to teach the kids something new each time.”
—Hilda L. Montes, parent volunteer, DeAnza Elementary
“You did an outstanding job showing and teaching us. I would not change a thing.”
—Ms. Julie, Teacher, Merlinda Elementary
“You are truly wonderful and have done so much this year to enhance the program. I see why the children adore you."
—Denise A. Tornatore, Baldwin Park Adult School (now retired)
"Wish there was more time and more meeting days.”
—Mike Holmquist, Teacher, DeAnza Elementary
“I love what I learned...and I loved that we got to cook and plant fruits and vegetables. I also loved that we got to take home the recipes and the plants.”
—Alondra Lopez, Orangewood Elementary
“It was fun having classes with the Garden Gourmets at Hurst Ranch. We were learning about healthy eating and gardening, but I forgot I was learning because I was having so much fun. It was fun preparing the recipes with my friends... I wish we had more chances to visit and learn.”
—Ellie Mendoza, Monte Vista Elementary
“My experience was amazing and tasteful. We made a lot of healthy foods that were really good, like Garden Sushi Cups, Rainbow salad and more delicious foods.”
—Samantha Hernandez, Cameron Elementary
”I got to make the dishes with my friends. The recipes were fun to make because we had weird gadgets to use. I felt really happy that my school would do such a nice thing to us students.”
—Cataleen Quach, Orangewood Elementary
“My Garden Gourmet experience was my most memorable part of the 2019-2020 school year and probably my whole elementary experience so far and maybe my whole time being an elementary student. Nothing has been so exciting to wait for like Garden Gourmet I would countdown the days.”
—Adrian J. Godinez, Vine Elementary
“I think my favorite was rainbow salad and I have tried making it at home and I think I did pretty good and I want to make it more.”
—Toni Negrete, Cameron Elementary
“Everything I made at there was so amazing it blew my mind it was so delicous and it was really fun to make it was like if I was a was the best cooker in the world it felt so amazing.”
—Allison Chavaria, Monte Vista Elementary
See Reya at work with students in the Baldwin Park Community Garden.
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