Pieceful Solutions, the first and fastest-growing K-12 school in Arizona for children with autism spectrum disorders, hired Colleen Poiani as its Culinary Instructor to help students thrive in the kitchen and perfect everyday life skills taught at the school.

Poiani will teach classes at the school’s Gilbert campus, in addition to working with staff in Mesa and Chandler to incorporate culinary and nutrition-based curriculum in the classroom.

In her new role at Pieceful Solutions, Poiani will teach students about the importance of nutrition and the science behind food. Students will learn how to make healthy food choices along with how their nutrition decisions affect them both mentally and physically.

Students also will learn basic baking instruction through a culinary course focused on making cookies, cakes, pies, pastries and breads. The course will help students apply their math skills as they measure ingredients and learn to use alternative baking ingredients to help maximize their health and reduce allergies.

Poiani is an informed and conscientious educator with more than 10 years of experience in promoting the diverse virtues of raw, organic, plant-based and process-free foods. She specializes in teaching the vital link between what you consume and how it impacts your physical and emotional well-being.

Poiani received her certification as a holistic nutritional specialist from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.