Member Spotlight - Kelly Furr
MAEd, FoodMASTER Initiative Coordinator/Graduate Assistant
Tell us about your job.
As a Coordinator/Graduate Assistant for the FoodMASTER Initiative, I work with science educators/teachers to implement programming that utilizes food as a tool to teach mathematics and science in formal and informal science learning environments.
What do you find most interesting about your job?
I love the approach of utilizing food as a tool to teach mathematics and science. It is a great way to integrate applied nutrition concepts into science learning environments. Working on this innovative National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) has advanced my knowledge, skills, and confidence in delivering quality nutrition education.
How did you get into this field?
After a 20-years in the banking industry, I was ready for a career change. In working with the Girl Scouts and volunteering at my children’s school, I observed a strong need for nutrition intervention at all levels of our community and family structures. This stimulated my interested in wanting to become a nutrition educator and Registered Dietitian.
Where were you born and raised?
In West Chicago, IL.
Where did you go to college and/or complete an internship?
I have a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from University of Phoenix in education. My second bachelor’s degree is in nutrition and dietetics from Northern Illinois University. In Spring of 2022, I will have completed my dietetics internship and second master’s degree in nutrition.
Besides your profession, what are your hobbies?
I love crafts, cooking, and learning.
What are your favorite foods?
I enjoy a wide variety of food but prefer food that are flavorful with unique blends of herbs and spices.
What is on your bucket list?
Culinary school is on my bucket list because I would like to enhance my culinary nutrition education skills.
How long have you been a member of NEP DPG? And why did you join?
I have been an NEP DPG member for over a year, and I joined because nutrition education is my passion.
Any other interesting things you would like to share with NEP members?
My passion is to share nutrition education with everyone around me. The health of our children depends on the influence of educators and nutrition professionals. Working together, we can create improved health outcomes for our future!