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Mrs. Kerri Hess

As a teacher in the Career and Technical Education department, I teach Culinary 1 and Culinary 2

My teaching career began at Holden Middle School in my hometown of Holden, Missouri, a small farming community 50 miles southeast of Kansas City...about a hundred miles from Lawrence. I began teaching at Lawrence Public Schools in 2006 and have taught at Central, South, and West Junior Highs before coming to Free State in 2011.

What I teach is one of the most fundamental skills people need to to cook! I truly love teaching my students these skills. It opens up a world of possibilities that can serve someone for a lifetime.



  • Culinary classes fall within the Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster and in the Restaurant and Event Management Pathway. If a student is interested in a possible career in the culinary industry, they can reference the Plan of Study by clicking here.