Walla Walla Public Schools announces Jennifer Foster has been named principal of Edison Elementary School following an extensive applicant screening and interview process. The selection process included parent and staff meet and greet sessions, classroom observations, a formal interview and extensive reference checks. Foster will replace Interim Principal Joel Chavez who was appointed for the short-term following Dr. Julie Perron’s promotion to the district’s Director of Equity and Dual Programs. Edison Elementary is the district’s magnet Dual Language school serving students from throughout the Walla Walla community.
"I couldn't be more excited about joining the Edison Elementary staff and becoming part of the Walla Walla community,” said Foster. "I was impressed by the leadership team, elementary staff, students, and parent involvement throughout the interview process. The moment I walked into Edison Elementary I knew it was special. The positive interactions in the classroom, the enthusiasm for teaching and learning, and a love for students was evident everywhere. I am honored to be Edison's new principal and look forward to our new chapter as a staff and school community."
Foster, who is bilingual, currently serves as the associate principal at Mercer Island High School, where she participates on the building and district leadership teams, instructional coaching committee, and district instructional materials selection committee. She received her administrative degree from the Danforth Leadership Program at the University of Washington. Prior to entering administration, she worked for 12 years in the Snoqualmie Valley School District where she served as a secondary instructional coach for grades 6-12 as well as teacher and department chair for the Mount Si High School World Language Department. She has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Oregon State University, instructing and supervising student teachers and teaching college-level Spanish, led nearly a dozen student travel groups to Mexico, Costa Rica and Peru, and completed the Margins Social Justice Immersion Program in Los Angeles, CA.
Foster will spend a few days this spring at Edison getting to know the students, staff and school community. She will report to her new position July 1.
PHOTO: Jenny Foster answers questions during the public meet and greet session at the Edison Elementary library.