- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
From Our Kitchen to Yours: Brad Becktel
During the school year, Brad Becktel is part of a team responsible for making sure school kitchens are fully stocked and school staff have what they need to make healthy and delicious meals for students. From reviewing grocery lists to assembling pallets of food for delivery, Becktel enjoys his job not just because he’s helping students, but because he also gets to make connections with people all over the district.
“I don’t want to just put food in the refrigerators and then leave,” Becktel said. “I’ve been able to get to know a lot of people at our schools and hear their stories. When you see what their job is, you can understand how it connects to yours. We’re all parts of a bigger picture and seeing outside your own role can help you have empathy for others and maybe even find solutions to challenges we face.”
When the global pandemic forced school closures earlier this year, Becktel said he missed the connections he’d made and found fulfillment in providing food to parents and families who came by school sites. Though he and his team were often busy providing meals, he enjoyed the times he was able to talk with parents and know he was making a difference.
An alum of Cherry Creek High School, Becktel took food and nutrition classes through the vocational arts program. After graduation, he entered the military where he served in Germany during the first Gulf War. His role was air defense artillery and he helped ensure the safety of the families of service members. Becktel then found his way back to Cherry Creek Schools where he previously worked in transportation and now supports the Food and Nutrition Services department.
An active member and volunteer at Eastern Hills Community Church, Becktel believes in the importance of lifting people up and helping them get what they need. He has been able to connect with students in the district through his volunteer work and appreciates being part of providing for schools.
“What I love about Cherry Creek Schools is that we work to make sure students get fed,” he said. “Our students should be able to count on us to make sure we’re meeting their needs. I’m glad to be a part of that.”
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup of milk
- Cinnamon to taste
- Nutmeg to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- Bread of choice
- Combine eggs, milk, salt and seasonings in a bowl. Stir until blended.
- Heat pan on stove over a medium heat.
- Soak bread in the egg mixture no more than a minute to keep bread intact.
- Add a little olive oil to the pan and cook the French toast to a golden brown.