Degrees and Certifications:
Ed.D. - Educational Leadership Graduate Program - Intercultural Communications M.Ed. - Secondary Education B.A. - History (w/ Secondary Education Certification) Secondary Administration Certification Secondary Social Studies Teacher Certification International Baccalaureate Psychology SL/HL Certification Advanced Placement Psychology Endorsement Certified South Carolina Evaluator International Habits of Mind Training Associate Certified Cognitive Coach FSD1 Mentor Teacher
Dr. LaNora M. J. Foster
"No one knows everything, everyone knows something." ~Pierre Levy
Educational Philosophy: Students are expected to actively participate in their personal development as lifelong learners and develop self-efficacy through mindfulness, critical thinking, research, and by developing effective reading and writing skills.
Dr. LaNora M. J. Foster, a 1993 double-cord honors graduate of South Florence High School, currently teaches Advanced Placement Psychology and Psychology CP courses. Dr. Foster has modeled lifelong learning by attending a host of doctoral residencies, conventions, workshops and trainings over her 20+ year professional career, including: National Council for the Social Studies (Washington, DC; San Antonio, TX); South Carolina Council for the Social Studies (Myrtle Beach, SC); New Teacher Mentor Training (Upper Marlboro, MD); SC Mentor Teacher Training (Florence, SC); College Board Seminar and Trainings for AP Psychology (Greenbelt, MD; Largo, MD; Upper Marlboro, MD; and Towson, MD); International Baccalaureate Psychology HL/SL Trainings - Years 1 & 2 (Montezuma, NM; Tampa, FL); Doctoral Residencies (Arlington, VA & Phoenix, AZ); Professional Presenters' Training (Denver, CO); Habits of Mind Workshop (Florence, SC); Adaptive Schools Workshop (Florence, SC); Cognitive Coaching Certification Seminar (Florence, SC); and NEA EdSummer Conference (Charleston, SC).
Professional service beyond the classroom includes serving as a teacher mentor workshop facilitator (facilitated new teacher orientations and meetings; maintained effective communication between administration and teachers new to the building and/or to the profession in Prince George's County, MD; co-presenter of Habits of Mind (presented professional development workshops in NC & SC); department chairperson (organized/facilitated department meetings and workshops in SC & MD); principal advisory committee member (offered insight and solutions for faculty/staff concerns with principal in SC & MD); school improvement council member (worked with data analysis and presentations for faculty meetings and school accreditation in MD); school building representative for the Maryland State Educators' Association (collected faculty concerns and worked with building administration for resolutions; served as secretary for the building level meetings; attended local PGCEA monthly meetings; actively participated in several state-wide rallies and met with state legislators at the state capitol building in Annapolis, MD concerning quality education for students; served as a peer-elected, district representative at the NEA Convention (Washington, DC) & the MSEA Convention (Ocean City, MD) in 2012; PGCEA Minority Scholarship Committee member (attended monthly meetings and helped select recipients of annual scholarships in MD); and school building representative for the South Carolina Education Association (inform The SCEA members of benefits, local meetings, and The SCEA workshops).
Dr. Foster enjoys travelling and believes in fostering wonderment and awe in student learning by experiencing historical buildings and different geographical locations first hand. It has been a great joy for her to see students' eyes light up and then pose multiple questions as they visit the following locations: Atlanta, GA/Chattanooga, TN; Chicago, IL; New York City; Washington, DC; Supreme Court & Arlington National Cemetery; and Baltimore, MD.
Some of Dr. Foster's current and past sponsorships of student organizations include: Club Psi (Psychology club); Tri-Hi-Y; Middle School Student Government Association; and the Junior Beta Club.
Dr. LaNora Foster is a member of the following professional organizations: Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) - Charter Member; Pi Eta Delta Sorority (International Professional Society for Female PhD candidates/graduates); National Education Association; South Carolina Educators' Association; and International Habits of Mind Trainer Collaboration.
Dr. Foster was the recipient of the Principal's Excellence in Teaching Award (Prince George's County, MD), the Bridge Award (Florence, SC), and Teacher of the Month (Florence, SC); various Certificates of Appreciation for serving on School Improvement Councils and other committees; and served as the Keynote Speaker for the 2012 PGCEA Minority Scholarship Ceremony (Prince George's County, MD). Dr. Foster also co-presented a number of four-day Habits of Mind seminars and one-day workshops in Durham, NC; Pawley's Island, SC; and one-hour presentations at Florence School District One's Professional Practices Conference.