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Karen Foster- 7th/8th Grade Teacher

A Little Bit About Me:

I was born and raised in Southern California, the youngest of six children.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Social Work, with a minor in Music, from Whittier College in Whittier, California.  I worked for a few years in Skilled Nursing Facilities before deciding to go back to school.   After graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a Master’s degree in Social Work, my family and I moved to Susanville, CA.  I worked with the county mental health department there for a few years.  Having gone through a stressful divorce, I knew I needed to be able to spend more time at home with my daughters.  I began working as a substitute teacher, so that I had the same days off as did my children.  I found that I had a true affinity for teaching.  I met and married my current husband, and he was very supportive of my decision to go back to school once again in order to pursue a degree in teaching.  I completed the credential program with University of Phoenix, and obtained my California teaching credential.  I taught at a small high school in Susanville for nine years before the Lord led my family to move to Sandpoint.  My youngest child is 16.  He will be a junior at Sandpoint High School this year.  My middle child is living in Nebraska.  My oldest child lives in Reno and is the mother of two, so I am also blessed to be grandma to two wonderful grandsons.  I just wish they lived closer so I could see them more often! 

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