Baking rounds out a full schedule for area educator

by Betty Wrenn Day - Posted on Mar 30, 2011 - 04:00 PM

Photo: As efficient in her kitchen as she is in the classroom Rhoda-Jo Stress, a volunteer, instructs Ronnie Myers in the last class of the day before she drives back to Williamsburg where dinner waits to be prepared. At right, a gift of Snickerdoodles. Photos by Betty Wrenn Day.

As efficient in her kitchen as she is in the classroom Rhoda-Jo Stress, a volunteer, instructs Ronnie Myers in the last class of the day before she drives back to Williamsburg where dinner waits to be prepared. At right, a gift of Snickerdoodles. Photos by Betty Wrenn Day.

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She describes herself as a "wayward Girl Scout," and although Scouts have always been a very important part of her life, Rhoda-Jo Stress has worked, and continues working, in education. Somewhere in her busy schedule she finds time to cook, "especially baking. I love to bake and baking breads are my favorite way, I think."

Rhoda-Jo explains, "I have just always been cooking. At home I would always say, ‘I’ll do the cooking’ and did. At age 14 I picked up some cooking skills. I was at Girl Scout camp and worked under a real cook. My dad always said there was nothing so good as homemade bread. Maybe that’s why bread is my favorite thing to make and bake. Baking is not only a fun method of cooking, it gives me the pleasure of baking something I can share with others, too. It is always low-cal."

And share Rhoda-Jo graciously does. One never knows when she will enter with a bag of treats; when she is having a meeting or doing a fundraiser, you can count on some tasty morsel on the table.