MVROP Celebrates Chef Chris Skrocke as the 2021 Teacher of the Year






FREMONT, CA (November 4, 2021)-  CTE teachers are in a special category of educators. They apply personal industry knowledge and training into the classroom daily. This critical experience infuses the curriculum, and in turn, enriches the hands-on learning aspect of MVROP CTE Programs for students pursuing their career goals. One veteran instructor with this industry talent is MVROP Culinary Arts instructor Chef Chris Skrocke. Chef is being honored with the 2021 MVROP Teacher of the Year Award for his dedication to his students, the Culinary Arts Program on the Newark Memorial HS campus, and his continued efforts contributing to the overall success of MVROP.

If you wonder why this name may sound familiar, there is a good reason. Chef Skrocke also received the 2020 MVROP Teacher of the Year Award. This is the first time an MVROP instructor has been recognized twice with this prestigious award. To put it simply, he is just that good. MVROP Superintendent Hanson states, "Christopher Skrocke has emerged as a teaching professional who can be relied upon by peers for support, by management for excellence, and by students for exceptional attention to instructional needs and priorities in the CTE classroom." 

When assessing Chef's dedication to his program, Superintendent Hanson went on to share, "Chef Skrocke built enthusiasm around his grand vision of CTE services for the MVROP Culinary Arts Program at Newark Memorial, and through the years, has successfully brought it to fruition. This includes designing the kitchen and classroom remodel by incorporating the adjoining room and creating a CAFE learning model for students. This is what the application of true "industry expertise" means at Newark Memorial HS and Mission Valley ROP CTE Programs."

Chef Skrocke possesses an innate ability to harness student engagement and instill a desire for his classrooms to evaluate where they can positively impact the school and community. It is something to celebrate and serves as an example of how teachers make a difference in a student's foundation for success. The lessons learned in Chef's classroom result in new and important skill sets and applying professionalism to ensure lifelong success. This is evident in the school garden, which continues to pique the interest and investment of Newark Memorial students, some of which are not enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program. It has become a school community project that Newark Memorial students take pride in and ownership of.

Chef Skrocke will join fellow nominated teachers from Alameda County to be celebrated for excellence in education at the Alameda County Office of Education Awards Ceremony this evening at the Castro Valley Center for the Performing Arts. He additionally will be honored at the November 18 MVROP Governing Council Meeting by Superintendent Hanson.

About Mission Valley ROP

Mission Valley ROP (MVROP) is the regional occupational program for the Tri-City area. Established in 1969, MVROP has been instrumental in preparing students for a successful business, medical, and technical careers. Through a partnership with Fremont, New Haven, and Newark Unified School Districts, Career Technical Education (CTE) is provided to over 4,000 students (high school and adult) each year. Visit MVROP's website at, or Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information about our CTE programs.




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