Teacher Insider: Mr. Foster

As a child did you always want to be a teacher?

When I was little, I wanted to join the Army.  By the time I was in high school I started to consider teaching and I realized that to afford college I needed to join the Army.  I used that time to figure out what career field I should go into.

What do you teach, and is there a different subject you’d like to teach?

I teach Physics I and SAT Prep. Next year, I am hoping to add the rest of the UHS Physics courses to the list.  That will add Physics II and AP Physics.  

What is your favorite activity to do outside of school?

My family and I go hiking and camping whenever we can.  Last summer we spent some time going through the Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, and rafting Desolation Canyon on the Green River.

If teaching was not an option, what profession would you go into?

I don’t really know.  This is my 16th year teaching, I started my degree in 2001 for secondary mathematics.  So, I have put more than 20 years towards education.  If teaching wasn’t an option, I probably would have pursued a degree in engineering or possibly computer programming/coding.

Which class do you enjoy teaching the most?

I am really enjoying the Physics classes.  I taught 7th grade math for a long time and then moved into middle school computers for the last few years; so, most of my teaching experience is at the 6th-8th grade levels.  The high school students that make up the physics classes are diverse but have a common interest in this course that allows interesting conversations to develop. 

Where did you receive your education from?

I received my teaching degree from California University of PA.

What is something most students do not know about you?

I would guess that most don’t know that I have hiked the Grand Canyon, from the North Rim to the South Rim, twice.  Once in 2007 with my wife and then again in 2018 with the whole family.

Do you have any advice for students?

At some point in your life, you will come to the realization that your present actions will have an impact on your future and that it is your responsibility to make the necessary changes. Nobody else can do it for you.

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