School Lunch Hero Makes Lunch Awesome

By Office of Communications
Employee News
April 30, 2024

Friday, May 3, is School Lunch Hero Day. Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals — like Mijin Lee, food services kitchen manager at Oakton Elementary School — are true heroes.

“When students are asked about their favorite parts of the day, they typically answer lunch and recess,” said Oakton Elementary School Principal Christine Kelley. “Lunchtime provides a break from their busy and structured day. It allows them some downtime with their peers and an opportunity to replenish their energy. 

“Ms. Mijin Lee takes pride in this important time for students and works diligently to ensure that all our children are provided the nourishment and sustenance they need to tackle the rest of their day,” Kelley continued. “She connects with children, teachers, and parents, providing kindness and love with every interaction.”

Mijin was recognized as the pyramid winner for 2023 Outstanding School-Based Operational Employee category at FCPS Honors. She has worked at Oakton Elementary School since 2015. 

“Mijin has built a diverse team who work together to make lunch awesome,” a colleague said. “They can be seen eating together before the ‘rush’ and engaging in social conversations. She treats all students with respect and models on how to help others who may need additional assistance respectfully.” 

Thank you, Mijin, and all our School Lunch Heroes!