Title: (Retired) Teacher, School Counselor
Location: Kirkwood, Missouri, United States
Diane Foster, Retired Teacher and School Counselor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public education.
With more than 30 years of professional experience in education, Ms. Foster was originally inspired to pursue the profession by her third grade teacher, Bernice Hunter. Ms. Hunter told her that she was a patient person, and should consider becoming a teacher. Upon pursuing her higher education, Ms. Foster intended to become a pharmacist, but due to health issues, she was unable to do so. She recalled her teacher’s advice, resolved to pursue education, and became the first person in her family to graduate from college, completing an Associate of Arts at St. Louis Community College–Meramec in 1966 and a Bachelor of Arts at Webster University in 1968. She concluded her academic pursuits at the University of Missouri, where she earned an MEd in 1975. Additionally, Ms. Foster is a certified classroom teacher, math specialist counselor, psychological examiner, school psychologist and tax preparer.
Ms. Foster began her career in 1968 as a classroom teacher for the Valley Park School District in Missouri, where she served for more than 20 years. In 1980, she accepted a position as an elementary school counselor with the district, which she held for an additional 18 years. Starting in 1999, she worked as an income tax preparer for H&R Block and Liberty Tax, additionally acting as an elementary teacher and math tutor for Camp Happy Day before her retirement in 2001. In recognition of her expertise and experience, Ms. Foster has been quoted as a school psychologist in a published neurology book. She also holds memberships to the American Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association and as a testament to her experience and success, Ms. Foster has been featured in the 19th and 25th editions of Who’s Who of American Women, as well as the sixth edition of Who’s Who in American Education.
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