Staff Spotlight: Alison Gillam-Douglas-Kitchen Manager at Kahoa Elementary School

Every week, we’ll shine a spotlight on one Lincoln Public Schools staff member! Get to know the wonderful people making a positive impact across various areas within LPS. This week, meet Alison Gillam-Douglas, Kitchen Manager at Kahoa Elementary School.

“Alison is a fantastic problem solver and provides excellent customer service. She takes pride in providing quality meals so students can excel in the classroom!” — LPS Director of Nutrition Services Andrew Ashelford

How long have you worked for LPS?
Five years.

What inspired you to become part of the education field at LPS?
I wanted to work with students, but I didn't have a teaching degree. I did have an extensive history of working with food service and customer service that I thought this was the perfect position for me.

What has been your favorite part of working here? What aspect of your job do you find most rewarding?
I think my favorite and the most rewarding part of the job is the students. I enjoy seeing and talking to them as they go through the line at lunch.

Did you attend LPS as a student? If so, which school(s)? If not, where are you from?
Belmont Elementary School, Goodrich Middle School and Lincoln High School.

What path did you take after completing your formal education?
I actually have a degree in administrative assisting with a focus on tour and travel from Lincoln School of Commerce. My first job out of college was a customer service agent for Midwest Airlines.

What do you enjoy most about the Lincoln community?
I've always lived in Lincoln and consider it my home. I can get to any place in Lincoln without a hassle and always find someone I know when I'm out and about.

What is your favorite childhood book or a book that has influenced you positively?
"The Monster at the End of This Book" by Jon Stone.

Share a shout out to a former teacher who impacted your life.
I have had so many, but my kindergarten and first grade teacher, Ms. Berryman (now Bug) and Ms. McWilliams (now Burchfield).

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Published: September 14, 2023, Updated: January 10, 2024

Alison Gillam-Douglas—Kitchen Manager at Kahoa Elementary School