Title: Teacher (Retired)
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Pamela Foster, a Retired Teacher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.
Passionate about education since the fourth grade, Ms. Foster always dreamed of becoming a teacher. She initially pursued outdoor education and physical education, which she really enjoyed; she thrived in related roles at Cleveland Heights School, the YWCA, and Northwestern College. Ms. Foster hadn’t had much experience with special education prior to her decision to apply for a position at St. Paul Public Schools in 1965, but she quickly realized she had found her calling. She spent the next 32 years as a teacher of adapted physical education and aquatics in the district. Since no one was really focusing on disabled students at the time, she essentially pioneered the program. She retired in 1997.
Over the years, Ms. Foster has received a variety of accolades for her work. She is particularly proud of being named Minnesota’s Development Adapted Physical Educator of Year in 1990; she put her heart and soul into that. Other notable honors include the National Thanks to Teachers Award, the Golden Apple Achiever Award from Ashland Oil, the George Hanson Award from the Minnesota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and the 1,000 Hours Volunteer Award from the Courage Center. Her professional designations include a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Master of Science from Indiana University, and a certificate in Biblical studies from Logos Bible College.
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