Know Your Professor: Sari Edelstein

September 18, 2015

Sari Edelstein

Dr. Edelstein teaches nutrition at Simmons and we nominated her for U.S. Professor of the Year!

What is your favorite class to teach? 

Leadership in Foodservice Management. Earlier in my career, I was a foodservice director and it's a lot of fun telling the students all the stories that happened to me during that time period. We discuss the dilemmas and figure out better ways problems can be handled.

What's your favorite book? 

Behind the Kitchen Door, by Saru Jayaraman because the author describes the real life struggles of foodservice workers and what needs to be changed.

Fill in the blank: When I was in college...

...I was excited about my future, as I felt I had my whole life in front of me and I didn't want to miss a thing!

What's your favorite restaurant in Boston? 

The Top of the Hub is my favorite restaurant because as you look out over the whole city you have such a feeling of peace -- like time stood still.

If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why? 

My childhood friend lives in London and I would like to visit her and romp the city!

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? 

Right now I am very interested in genealogy and have thought about becoming a Certified Genealogist in my retirement years. 

I also love animals and always played with the idea of being a veterinarian. Some of my colleagues who are also dietitians have become zoo nutritionists, which is a great way to combine my profession of nutrition with my love for animals.

When I'm not teaching, I'm... or watching movies.

Do you have a hidden talent?

I'm not sure it's hidden, but I am the author of 13 books. I love organizing the book and then filling in the spaces. That's how I approach my writing.

Favorite quote? 

My all time favorite quote is, "in the end, only kindness matters." So true.

What's your least favorite word? 

My least favorite word is "can't." When I was younger, I remember everyone telling me that I can't do this and I can't do that. I could not figure out why they were saying that; so, I just went on and did everything anyway.

What song is your personal anthem? 

Somehow I never got my high school football game chant out of my head, so it became my personal anthem. The chant goes like this; "Here we go Chiefs, here we go!" So every time I am in a new situation and I need a boost, the chant rings loudly in my head. It gives me that needed smile I need because I remember where I came from.

I love my students because...

...they are just like my daughters. I am the mother of 2 daughters and when I teach a classroom of women, I get the same feeling as when I am trying to mentor and guide my daughters. 

Fill in the blank: I love Simmons because...

...the college has given my the opportunity to express myself, share my journey, give back and feel accomplished. I don't know of any other place that offers such a rewarding experience. It took me a long time to find it.

How does it feel to be nominated for U.S. Professor of the Year? 

Being nominated by my college for U.S. Professor of the Year is my greatest professional accomplishment! To me it means that I am giving back and sharing my wisdom with students. This is a life goal that I always hoped to have in some fashion. How wonderful for it to come true. I work with many colleagues who are dedicated to their students as well, and I share this honor with them.

What advice would you give to students considering attending Simmons? 

Attending Simmons allows students to move their life goals forward at light speed! Because students get individual attention from their professors and advisers, they do not get lost in the college maze that may happen in larger colleges. The student graduates from Simmons with more clarity and a vivid goal and direction. The students know who they are and are ready for professional positions. They literally skip the lost time some students from other colleges may have after graduating.