After working in Bullitt County elementary schools, Todd Crumbacker has been selected for a district position.
He is the new Director of School Nutrition Services.
“I am excited, enthusiastic, and eager to get to work; looking forward to working with a special group of people (cafeteria managers and administrative assistants),” he said.
While working as physical education instructor at Overdale Elementary School, Crumbacker initiated health.moves.minds.™, one of the few facilities in Kentucky to pilot the program.
He knew that healthy individuals are synonymous with good nutrition.
“I was inspired to apply for the new position while thinking about its level of responsibility and the impact that our meals have our students of BCPS,” he affirmed.
As he transitions from a classroom setting to managing a district program, Crumbacker lists his goals.
“My short term goal is to begin a listening campaign as I sit down with each member of our team and learn about our department as a whole and seek out their thoughts on how we can best ‘tackle’ the issues surrounding COVID-19 and our 20-21 food implementation plan,” he explained. “As far as long term, I will work to determine how we can improve our marketing strategies to get students excited about healthier food options; it is our responsibility to provide the most nutritious meals possible while meeting state and federal guidelines.”
Crumbacker worked as Health and Physical Education Teacher for two years at Brooks Elementary School before investing five years in the same role at Holy Cross High School in Louisville where he also served as Head Football Coach. It was then onto Buckner Elementary School in Oldham County for two years as Health and Physical Education teacher before joining the staff at Overdale.
“I have a lot of experience leading people and working/collaborating with people,” he reflected. “Our Food Service Department is filled with passionate and caring people that love kids. I am looking forward to leading them as we accomplish our ultimate goal, which is providing our students with the most nutritious meals possible while maintaining the integrity of our department.”
School food service workers are challenged with encouraging meal participation vs. students who bring in lunch from home.
Crumbacker hopes to change that way of thinking.
“We plan to improve student participation in our school breakfast and lunch program,” he noted. “We have to improve our marketing strategies and how we are introducing new, healthier food options to our students. Also, we must educate students on the ‘why’ choosing healthier foods is beneficial for them. This is where quality health and physical education programs come into play.”
Crumbacker is keenly aware that change may not be comfortable for some individuals and will work hard at being very visible.
“Being present is key. I’m looking forward to being inside of our cafeterias and kitchens to see their internal operations and processes. In addition, creating a culture where people take pride in excellence will help as well,” he said.
Crumbacker earned a Master of Science degree in Education from Indiana University Southeast and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University
He and his wife, Samantha, Instructional Coach at Shepherdsville Elementary School, have two kids – Casey, 6, and Emma, 21 months. They enjoy family walks, dinners, and being outdoors.