Welcome to Associate Spotlights, a blog series from Compass Group’s Talent Management team, showcasing various associates across our family of companies.
Samantha is the Director of Dining Services at Hazel Park Schools in Hazel Park, Michigan (Great Lakes Region). Samantha is a Registered Dietitian and former Health Department Sanitarian and has worked for Chartwells K12 since 2013. She accepted her DDS position at Hazel Park Schools in July 2016 when Chartwells won the account.
What is the best career advice that you’ve ever received?
That working hard pays off. I try to take every experience and learn from it. Also, you don’t have to be an expert at everything, you just need to know where to get the resources you need. For example, I’m a dietitian, but when I need culinary help I reach out to a chef in my region.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It’s great to be able to build relationships as we work. I have a passion for food safety and nutrition and I love interacting with the students and teaching the staff.
What made you smile at work today?
My staff meeting. It was a light hearted meeting where we focused on our accomplishments this year. The associates talked about a best practice that they had learned and one thing they can use in their career as they progress.
Is there anything that you are really passionate about outside of work?
I’m a backpacker. I love being out in nature and traveling.
If you had to give up pasta or chocolate for the rest of your life, what item would you choose and why?
I would say pasta because I can’t live without chocolate.