Archived — Annie Foster

Year: 2003 – Province: Alberta

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

School: McNally High School
8440 - 105 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6A 1B6

Principal: George Rice
School Telephone: 780-469-0442
School Fax: 780-465-5958
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Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades 10-12/French, German and Spanish

Teaching approach:

Creates a stimulating and motivating classroom environment.

Supports student learning through authentic language experiences.

Outstanding achievements:

Foster celebrates the culture of each language. One day, she will have students partner up for Spanish dance lessons with a guest dance instructor, and another day, they will craft piñatas to celebrate the festive season. In her French class, one may find the classroom transformed into a French café, complete with checkered tablecloths, croissants and café au lait.

Last year, 54% of the school's student population was studying second languages. This is remarkable, given that a second language is not required for a high school diploma in the province. Students of all backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to participate in the second language program at McNally.

Ms. Foster is involved in extra-curricular activities, such as yearbook editor, school photographer, assistant coach of the cheer squad and soccer teams, and volunteer for the Students' Union dances.

She also served as a member of the school's Technology and Newsletter Committees. She is a member of the school's Awards Board and the Instructional Leadership Team. At the district level, Foster is a member of the French Renewal Project Assessment Committee and president of the Monod Foundation (at the provincial level).

In Praise Of:

"Her optimistic outlook on life, sense of humor and dedication to her job has made her one of my favorite teachers, and I hope that as I continue my academic career, I will be able to have more teachers like her." - Student

"Annie has devoted her entire career to instilling the love of languages in her students and to supporting her colleagues in the teaching professions. Our careers have been enriched by our association with Annie." - Alberta Learning, Program Developer and Consultant

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