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Posted 1/27/21




January 27, 2021

Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) has named Kristennosh director Tekell as the Director of Food Services, named NOSH (Napa’s Operative for School food Health). In this role, Ms. Tekell is responsible for all food service operations across the district’s 28 schools, including managing a team of 80 food service personnel, overseeing meal planning, and developing new recipes. She will also partner with community stakeholders and leverage state and federal programs to help decrease food insecurity in the local community. 

A classically trained chef and registered dietitian, Ms. Tekell comes to NVUSD from neighboring Sonoma County, where she served as Food Service Program Manager for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. Her previous experience includes serving as a Regional Dietitian and Manger for six school districts in Southern Oregon as well a Nutrition and Compliance Manager for Revolution Foods in Oakland.

“We are thrilled to have Kristen at the helm of our award-winning food services program,” said Michael Pearson, Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services. “Food health is a critical element to learning, and her deep experience in child nutrition and passion for ensuring access to nutritious food will provide a huge benefit for NVUSD students and families now and in the future.”


Feeding Students and Families During the Pandemic 


More than 50% of NVUSD students qualify for the national Free & Reduced Lunch Program, which offers not only free student meals, but also discounts on Internet and WiFi services, instrument rentals, AP and SAT testing fees, college application fees, and more. 

Despite the many challenges stemming from the COVID-19 health pandemic, NVUSD has continued to offer meals to all children in the NVUSD boundaries whether or not they are enrolled in a district school. Through weekly food boxes, grab-n-go, curbside pick-up and home deliveries, NVUSD has delivered seven days’ worth of breakfast and lunches as well as holiday meals. To date, NOSH has delivered more than 1 million meals to families.

“It is easy to get wrapped up in the operational challenges we now encounter with COVID, but at the end of the day we are still feeding kids and that is what keeps all of us in Food Services smiling (underneath the mask),” said Ms. Tekell. “I am thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated team and community when it comes to making nutrition a priority.”