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Michael Garcia

My name is Michael Garcia, and I am the culinary instructor at Argonaut High School. I have lived in Amador County for close to 25 years and attended Argonaut from 2005-2008 before getting my diploma from Independence High. I have been working in kitchens since I was 14 years old when I got my first job at KFC in Jackson. While I have worked in a few other industries, I was always drawn back to hospitality. I have 15 years of restaurant industry experience, 10 of which were spent at Jackson Rancheria with various job titles, from cook to restaurant chef. I was selected in 2018 by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians to partake in their inaugural apprenticeship program through a partnership with Amador College Connect and Columbia College. I was the only one of six to complete the program and be awarded my journeyman’s card in Hospitality Management.

I have been teaching at Argonaut since 2022 and can honestly say it is amazing. I have been shown nothing but respect and support since I started and have done my best to show all of the students in the culinary program the ins and outs of working in a professional kitchen. I enjoy sharing my experiences with them, both successes as well as failures, because I feel it is important that these students understand it’s not always like what they see on TV. So far, the students have blown me away with their willingness to get their hands dirty and learn the skills needed to be successful in Hospitality. We even fed the entire school a Thanksgiving lunch only one month into my being the culinary teacher. All in all, this has been one of, if not the most, rewarding jobs I have ever been given the opportunity to pursue.

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