Jaclyn Foster

Social Science Teacher, Tuscaloosa Academy

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If it scares you, do it!

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 & 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 / FUN FACT

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

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