Veronica Lucas has
Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Elementary Education with
honors from Indiana State University. She has a minor in Special
Lucas taught Special
Education for several years for Clay Community Schools in Brazil, Indiana. In 1983, she began teaching 3
grade at Forest Park Elementary, where she taught until she retired in 2008.
She was a dedicated teacher with a real love for children and a desire to help
them become self-sufficient citizens with good attitudes.
As Mrs. Lucas taught
and learned along with her students, she began to incorporate cooking lessons
into her lesson plans. Many curriculum
standards were included in her weekly Friday afternoon lessons, including math,
reading, health, science, and social studies. As the lessons progressed, the children earned a spot in the limelight
by turning in homework, having a good attitude, and other attributes of a good
citizen. They would become a chef with helpers that they chose, and present a
cooking lesson to the other students, with my assistance as necessary.
As the years
progressed, Mrs. Lucas, began to realize that she would love to start a cooking
school. She expressed her desire to her
students and many said that they wanted to come to her school for lessons. Her mother, Pia Lovett, was a great cook and
taught her to enjoy cooking German dishes as well as making almost everything
from scratch. Since her retirement, Mrs.
Lucas has spent many hours honing her cooking skills and studying various
cooking methods and incorporating healthy, fresh ingredients into her dishes.
Mrs. Lucas enjoys
spending time in her garden and also raises backyard chickens so she can have
an endless supply of fresh eggs for her recipes and fresh herbs and vegetables. She has taught her grandchildren to make many dishes such as biscuits, rolls, and
paninis. She is currently working on a
cookbook for her family that will be used in her cooking school. It will include cooking basics as well as
ethnic dishes such as rouladen and fajitas.
Mrs. Lucas lives in
Brazil, Indiana with her husband of 46 years who is a master craftsman and is
very instrumental in making it possible for her to have a cooking school. He has his own business, Lucas Construction
and Rentals, and has the ability to build anything, including chicken