School: Manchester Middle School

School district: Manchester Local

Residence: New Franklin

Age: 45

Job title: Cafeteria manager aka "Fantastic Lunch Lady"

How long at the district: Five years

Family: Husband, Brian Caster; children Rachel, 21, Brandon, 18, and Kate, 15

What is the most rewarding part of your position? We try to offer a wide variety of choices for our staff and students. Our kids are very complimentary to us. I love to hear them talking to each other, saying, "There are sooooo many things to choose from; I don't know what to pick." MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

What is the most challenging? I've got to honestly say there is no challenge for me here. I work with two of my most beautiful friends and the kids here are top-notch. I have the best of the best here at MMS.

If you weren’t doing this, you’d be? I would be working with my family at the "family empire": Menches Brothers Restaurant. (You can catch me there on my off time.)

Tell us something about the students you deal with most people don’t know or appreciate. During breakfast and lunch, this is where most of the kids have social interaction with each other. I try to key in on the kids who struggle socially. They need to hear compliments about themselves to gain confidence to go out and and make a friend. We were able to make several friend connections among kids this year. I've got a group of 10 kiddos who have made the best of friends with each other. They were shy guys, but they have all found a comforting friendship in one another and all agree that it's been their best year ever!

How do you unwind after a long day at work? With a Hershey bar and a Diet Coke. It's food for my soul.

The students and co-workers would be surprised to know that I ... collect the Cabbage Patch Kids. I'm an '80s kid!

What is the one responsibility about your position you didn’t know existed before taking it? As I stated, I like to make sure everyone has someone to enjoy breakfast and lunch with. It's not a responsibility in my job description, but it is my responsibility in life to make sure these kids feel confident with who they are.  Good feels + good food + good grade = Good life! Enjoy it, kids!