Social Science Teacher, Tuscaloosa Academy

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If it scares you, do it!

Jaclyn Foster

What do you do?

I teach middle and high school Social Science classes. I try to inspire my students to be global thinkers, explorers, risk-takers, and change-makers.

Why did you choose this field?

I have always enjoyed working with children but growing up in a small rural town in Alabama, I wanted to learn more about the world outside my little town. I developed a profound love for reading when I was in the third grade. I realized how much I enjoyed learning about different states, countries, and cultures. I took advanced Social Studies classes in high school and continued to learn more about the world. In college I decided I wanted to work with children and share my love of Social Studies with them.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I have been involved with the National Geographic Education organization as a certified educator and member of their online Steering Committee. Younger me would have never believed that possible.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love projects and bringing social studies to life using green screen, GIS, and other forms of technology. I get excited seeing how engaged my students are.

Best advice for next generation?

If it scares you, do it! I have been scared to try new advances of technology in my classroom but once I have learned I love it.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi

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