Academy of Hospitality & Tourism
This academy supports students pursuing college or career in the hospitality & tourism field. The academy includes the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel. Students within the academy will be responsible for setting up our new Viking Café. This will be a student run bistro on campus where students can gain real world experience in the full operation of running a food service establishment. Students will learn the mechanics of restaurants including budgeting, staffing, inventory and food preparation. Students will also be exposed to local hotel and resort operations to help them understand the multiple career paths available to them in tourism.
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Mrs. Makaziwe Johnson
My name is Makaziwe Johnson, I am the Hospitality and Culinary Arts magnet academy instructor here at Awesome Olsen Middle School. I grew up working in my family-owned West Indian restaurant, it was there that I discovered my love and passion for cooking. After high school, I attended Johnson & Wales University in North Miami FL majoring in Culinary Arts. I graduated with an associate degree in Culinary Arts and a bachelor's degree in Food Service Management. After spending 10 years working in the Hospitality industry, I decided to go into teaching with hopes of inspiring the youths of today to follow their Culinary / Hospitality aspirations. My specialty is vegan cuisine which I like to include in my lesson plans. As a student of the Hospitality Magnet academy, you will learn the ins and outs of both the front of the house and back of the house, gardening in our vegetable garden, health cautious cooking techniques, and so much more.