Meet the Staff


Culinary Arts Program Instructors and Staff
  Chef Philip Shaw grew up in the Johnson county area graduating from Shawnee Mission North High School then he went on to receive a Bachelors degree from KU.  After the completion of his undergrad, he went through the Culinary Arts Chef apprenticeship program at Johnson County Community College, and now he is working on a masters in education. Chef Phil worked 12 years in the industry with experience in restaurants, country clubs, hotels, and corporate dining.  Chef Phil has decided to pair his two passions of education and culinary arts here in Olathe.  The combination of educational and industry experience allows him to help students achieve success and direction for a post secondary education.


Alison Reed grew up in Shawnee, KS and graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest in 2000.  She continued her studies and graduated from of The Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY in 2003. She also held positions in Washington, DC at Cafe Mozu in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and Indebleu restaurant and Café Saint-Ex where she was the head pastry chef for more than four years.  While living and working in DC, Alison was nominated for Pastry Chef of the Year by The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington 2012 and 2013.

Before moving back to the Kansas City area in late 2013, Chef Reed was the Executive Pastry Chef at Ripple restaurant in Washington, DC. Reed helped to launch Sugar Magnolia market in March 2012. Her all-natural scratch-made ice cream sandwiches soon became the market’s signature menu item with unique ice cream flavors like maple bacon, goat cheese berry, coffee coconut and roasted red beet.  Reed also cooked at the James Beard House in August of 2012, as well as named Pastry Chef for James Beards traveling Taste of America event at the Italian Embassy September 2013

Chef Reed joined JCCC in August 2015 where she taught Fundamentals of Baking as well as Advanced Baking.  She will continue to teach a Fundamentals of Baking class with JCCC in the evenings.  We are very happy to have Chef Reed join our staff and bring her expertise to the Olathe Public Schools Culinary Arts Program.

Linda Couch grew up in the Shawnee area as a child but has lived in Costa Rica, mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and four other states as an adult.  While living in Costa Rica she studied Spanish and has worked with Hispanics of Europe and Latin America.  Linda worked with the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch as a co- administrator for thirteen years.  Most recently she worked as a para for the K-5 autism program at Mahaffie Elementary School.  Along with her secretarial and management skills,  she will be able to assist the Spanish speaking students and their parents.