My name is Heidi Foster and I've been a special education teacher with Akron-Fairgrove Schools for 10 years. I have a minor in elementary education and 2 majors in Language Arts and Learning Disabilities. I also have a Master's Degree specializing in Special Education. I have taken many classes towards a degree in Cognitive Impairments and have attended many trainings on Autism and Behavioral Disorders.
I have 2 daughters (my oldest is pictured with me on the right) and 1 son and have been married to my husband, Brandon, for 12 years. Brandon is a graduate of Akron-Fairgrove and we moved our family to Fairgrove because we wanted to raise our children in a close-knit community with a small school where they could get the individual education they needed to grow and blossom. We have not been disappointed.
I have been delighted to work with many beautiful and unique children and have been blessed to watch them succeed and grow under the watchful eye of our wonderful elementary staff. We love our students and they do well in our small, family-like elementary school. We work closely with the Tuscola Intermediate School District to provide the most appropriate and individualized education programs for our students with special needs. Our district's small size allows our students to build relationships and confidence because they do not need to face the large transitions of a big school and the adults and peers remain consistent. Our small class sizes help to increase the success of an inclusive educational environment. We rarely encounter bullying issues and are proud of how well our students with special needs are accepted by their peers. It is a joy to head up our Elementary Special Education Program and watch as our students blossom and grow throughout the years!
Educational Websites We Use:
CPI (Crisis Prevention)
CPR and First Aid
START Autism Trainings
Tough Kid Toolbox
MiBlisi behavioral interventions
Interventions used in the Learning Center
Phonics for Reading
Anita Archer techniques
Prodigy Math Game
We are always monitoring our students' progress and changing the plan as needed. We use this data to help us select the best interventions for each child as well as monitor the effectiveness of the plan. We use this data to help us communicate with parents, keep them informed of where their child is struggling, and contacting them for planning meetings so we can work as a team to develop programs and rejoice together in successes!