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By all accounts, Kellie Karavias was a Fine Arts teacher who inadvertently fell into the first Culinary Arts Educator position created for her within the Houston Independent School District (HISD). By her own admission, her unique position was grown out of an acute awareness that the students she was serving were at greater risk for childhood obesity than many of their counterparts. It was her passion to educate children on the importance of knowing where their food comes from, growing it, and preparing it that propelled her into a career in the burgeoning field of edible education.
Kellie has been featured as a Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Hero. She established edible gardens at three different HISD public schools, collaborated with her local Whole Foods Market and community partner, Urban Harvest, to create the first large-scale completely kid-run Whole Kids Famers Market. Kellie was also highlighted on the Cooking Channel and ABC News Now. Kellie currently teaches at Gregory-Lincoln Education Magnet Fine Arts pre-8th grade school, where she runs a thriving Culinary Arts and Gardening program in the heart of downtown Houston that includes an edible teaching garden, orchard, and chicken habitat. You can follow her edible adventures at her blog Pitchforks, Plates & Pencils.