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Michele Pesula Kuegler is the founder of PeKu Publications and chief foodie at Think Tasty. She runs this one-woman show focusing on creating new recipes to delight her family, friends, and herself.

My Newest Title: Wine Educator

by Michele Pesula Kuegler on March 31st, 2020
List of classes with arrows next to the wine classes

NOTE: This article has two sections. Section 1 was written about three weeks ago and placed on hold. Section 2 was written last week.

Section 1

As I wrote last month, I passed my WSET Level 3 exam with distinction. To everyone who asks, I’m still quite far from being a sommelier, but I also know a decent amount about wine. I know that this certification is an odd/vague sort of title. What does it says about my credentials?

That’s something I’ve been trying to figure out as well. What do I want to do with this education? Yes, I enjoyed the subject itself and the challenge of learning all the material, but that was just the path and not the destination.

Being on the road this year, I wanted to figure out something that both utilized this new certification and was flexible. I know, I’m a dreamer. One option I considered was education. I was hoping that maybe I could earn my WSET Educator certificate. I learned that it may be trickier than I had thought.

However, while I was seeking ways to earn that certificate I was introduced to a number of team members at University of Arkansas- Pulanski Technical College, specifically in their culinary program. In the amazing coincidence of life, they were in need of a wine instructor for their community education program. I explained that I’d only be in Arkansas until early May, and guess what? That worked well for them!

Starting on April 1st, I’ll be teaching four wine classes. Not only will I be teaching them, I’ll also be designing the curriculum. I’m excited for this opportunity. I’ve built curriculum for elementary aged children and startup founders, I’m ready to tackle these wine courses.

If you happen to be in the Little Rock area, feel free to register to join me for one or all four!

Section 2

It should come as no surprise, but all of my wine courses have been cancelled. With COVID-19 and all of the precautions that need to be taken, classes have been cancelled for the month of April. I’d be untruthful to say I’m not disappointed; I am. However, I understand and respect that decision. It’s the right choice to make; it’s one I would make if I were in charge of the schools.

I could pout and frown, but that does no good. So, what I’m doing is building the curriculum anyway. I’ll find a new place or way to teach these courses once the world settles down. Building the curriculum will allow me to stay immersed in wine knowledge and be ready for the next opportunity I find.


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