WWU Graduate to Receive Teacher of the Year Award

A 1991 William Woods University graduate, Kimberly Foster of Alton, Ill., was recently named Missouri Art Education Association’s Secondary Art Educator of the Year. She will be recognized at the 2006 MAEA spring conference.

This award is given out annually to honor one outstanding member of the Missouri Art Education Association, for outstanding service and achievement of significance during previous years. It recognizes exemplary contributions and service within the secondary division.

A native of Elkhart, Ind., Foster graduated from WWU with a bachelor of fine arts degree, and went on to receive her master of education degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has been teaching at McCluer Senior High School in Florissant, Mo., in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, since 1997.

She keeps busy with her art, doing custom watercolor paintings and exhibiting her work in group shows, art fairs and solo exhibitions. She works in a variety of media: oil paint, pencil, watercolor, color pencil, charcoal, ceramics, jewelry design, bead weaving, ink and even digital media, such as photography, web design and movies.

Before her time at McCluer, Foster taught elementary art in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and the Normandy School District.

Foster has received numerous honors for her artwork, as well as her dedication to teaching. She has been a frequent presenter at the Missouri Art Education Association State Conference.

She has been a guest artist at the St. Peters Art Council, in St. Peters, Mo., and the Palatine Art Council in Florissant, Mo. She was a nominee for the Missouri Art Teacher of the Year award in 1998, and has had student work featured in Arts & Activities section of “Young Artist.”