Mr. Oscar Roque
Mr. Roque has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University (FIU) and an Associate in Education-Mathematics and Culinary Arts Management from Miami Dade Collage (MDC). He will begin his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from FIU this fall. He has been training and instructing adults and children for over 30 years and is a retired Miami Dade Police Officer (28 years honorable served). He is a certified ServSafe Instructor and a Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor, and a member of the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
He has taught 5th grade Math and Science and was the Math Interventionist for High School Algebra at a local charter high school. He has also taught Criminal Justice Operations I & II, Forensic Science, as well as First Aid. He was also the chair of the Culinary Arts Academy at the high school, which consisted of Culinary Arts I and II, and ProStart 1 and II. He is also a certified radKIDS® Personal Empowerment Safety Education Program Instructor and has assisted in the training and certification of over 900 elementary students in Miami Dade County schools. Mr. Roque assisted the Village of Palmetto Bay Policing Unit’s Officer Friendly Program, which provides lessons to over 1,500 elementary school children (3rd – 5th grade), three times a year, in age appropriate classes in the three local elementary schools (Howard Drive Elementary, Coral Reef Elementary, and Perrine Elementary) as part of his final assignment before retirement.
Mr. Roque expects to have fun, frustrations, and a great sense of accomplishment as his students learn and utilize their new knowledge, skills, and abilities in this incredible field. He expects to organize and compete in this year's Dade County Youth Fair again with another winning team from SASH. His previous teams have won several 1st places in both the Culinary Open Competition and Sedano’s Cook Off Finals, going against several powerhouse school who have dominated the competition. He understands that with a new Culinary Arts Program, this will be a daunting task and a huge learning curve for everyone, but he is sure that new potential “chefs” will be found.
Mr. Roque will be conducting several school wide dinners, which are fundraisers for the academy that are completely run by the student, as well as a farmer’s market and culinary classes for families and friends.