Chas Farris, Kitchen Manager II
Dos Rios Elementary
Weld County (Col.) School District 6
Nominator: Moranda Boles, Area Supervisor
“Chas started as a substitute in the Nutrition Department, filling in for permanent employees when they were unable to fulfill their regular schedules. Chas was quickly hired into a permanent position as a Kitchen Specialist 1 at Dos Elementary, where she moved up to a Kitchen Specialist II and eventually earned the responsibility of the Kitchen Manager II, all while staying at Dos Rios Elementary, where she has been for the past 13.5 years.
Along with excelling at her expected duties as Kitchen Manager II, such as supervising personnel, maintaining accurate records and upholding a sanitary and safe kitchen, Chas packs meals for multiple programs such as ABC, Head Start and the supper program, as well as providing an additional mode of meal offerings with a drive-through distribution. Chas reliably enforces school district rules and health department standards, and she takes all reasonable precautions to protect students, kitchen equipment and materials associated with those areas, among her multiple other duties.
During the summer of 2020 when the majority of the Classified Nutrition Staff were quarantined due to the global pandemic, Chas never missed an opportunity to feed the students of District 6 (D6). Whether she was in the central production kitchen organizing methods of placing food in meal sacks for delivery or riding on a bus to distribute meals to families, Chas found a way to constantly participate in facilitating the delivery of seven-day meal bags to the community.
There were (and continue to be) several instances where a school was in need of seven-day meal bags or simply needed additional items to complete the requirements for a seven-day meal bag, and Chas has been dependable in fulfilling that urgent demand time and time again.
Unfortunately, Chas has had to work short-handed more than her fair share, but her work ethic is so strong and established that she does not waiver from the task at hand and the duties that she knows needs to be accomplished every single day—feeding the kids.
On the occasions where a sub is placed to work in the Dos Rios kitchen with Chas and her team, she has the same high expectations of that employee as she does her own permanent staff. Chas maintains professionalism and integrity in the kitchen that she operates, and she expects the same from anyone who is working with her.
Chas consistently performs at the very top of her peers. The leadership skills, organization abilities and aptitude to make quick decisions for the betterment of the students and Nutrition Department is admirable. The acceptance of assignments from her supervisor are well taken and followed through with little oversight, yet the end product and accomplished tasks are commendable.
Chas’ working knowledge, passion for ensuring every scholar in D6 is well-nourished, advanced mentorship for her colleagues, and overall ability to maintain efficiency, often during high-stress workdays, stands out among nutrition professionals in our immediate area. Chas demonstrates the ability to relate, work effectively with Dos Rios Elementary staff and families, as well as Weld County School District 6.”