Andrea’s road to that moment was filled with a number of
exciting twists and turns, which, upon reflection, were leading her to the CIA.
She graduated from Amherst College with a degree in women’s studies and promptly
decided to move to Cape Cod and try her hand at cooking. In 1999, she attended
the New School in New York City and got her master’s degree in education. The
administration where she taught high school recognized her unique blend of
talents and asked her to develop a culinary program
. But it was when one of her
students won a scholarship to the CIA
that Andrea saw the campus and recognized
her next step.
Evidence of her
success was the number of scholarships she received while at the CIA. And her
achievements did not go unrecognized. By the time she was ready to graduate, she
already had an offer from noted school food reformer Kate Adamick. Today, Andrea
is using her expertise to consult on school lunch reform projects—successfully
transitioning school districts from a processed food culture to a
cook-from-scratch environment. She provides training and professional
development for cafeteria foodservice personnel and is also very involved in
educational programming for elementary and secondary students. Though she calls
Brooklyn, NY her home, she often travels across the country for her work. From
California to Colorado, you can find Andrea Martin significantly changing the
way children eat. And to her, the job is perfect.