Dolly Hand


Bianca Martinez, Annette Salas and Jason Aragon, Contributors

Dolly Nevada Hand enjoys teaching culinary classes because she has a passion for cooking and sees it as an art. “You have to put all of the components together to come out with something that not only tastes good but is appealing to the eyes and the aroma,” she said.

Miss Hand was born Pasco, Wash. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist College and her master’s in Educational Leadership from New Mexico Highlands University. She is now completing her studies to be credentialed as a pastor in the Assemblies of God Church.

Miss Hand was a chef for 17 years, one of the five careers she has worked in. She has been a chef, an opera singer, and an outside salesperson; she also worked in construction before becoming a teacher. But for Miss Hand, teaching is “the best job ever!”

Miss Hand’s hobbies include working in her garden, crocheting, and being involved at her church. Her son, Oliver, who graduated from Santa Fe High in 2005, is a sergeant in the Marine Corps stationed in Tucson, Ariz.

“I am a fourth-generation teacher,” Miss Hand stated. “I love my job.”