Teacher of the Week: Sherman Axelberg

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FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — Sherman Axelberg teaches Culinary Arts at Columbus Career and College Academy and says her students are “like her own kids.”  In fact she says it’s an honor to be “entrusted with these children by their parents for a few hours every day.”

She loves to cook and loves to teach, but says there is much more to her job.  “I try to teach them that this is not just something they’re gonna take and maybe or maybe not use. I’m also teaching them work ethic, how to be a team player, and how to stand on their own two feet. There are a lot of lessons way beyond a culinary classroom.”

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She has been teaching for many years and says she also learns from her students.  With teaching she says “you learn patience and you learn to love in a different way.  The lessons you learn as a teacher are immeasurable.”

In her class they students compete against the teacher in a contest called ‘Beat Chef Axelberg’ which is fashioned after ‘Beat Bobby Flay’ on the Food Network.  The school’s Broadcast program records the contest for the community to see.

On the day Ms. Axelberg was presented with the WWAY Michael and Son Teacher of the Week she was being filmed for the school’s show and she won!

If you know a teacher cooking up fun in their class like Ms. Axelberg you can nominate him or her by clicking here.