April 22, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s 2019 Faculty Emeritus has taught at all levels and using all methods.
Laurie Foster has taught elementary and middle school students, high schoolers, college students, teachers and her fellow faculty members in the classroom, out of the classroom and online.
Foster retired in 2016 as a full professor after working for 25 years in the Biological Sciences Department. She had a gift for making her subject relevant to students at all levels, whether they were enrolled in Honors Biology or General Biology for non-science majors. Her skills in the classroom have been recognized at the college, state, and national levels. She received GRCC’s Excellence in Education Award and Biology Teacher of the Year honors from the Michigan Science Teachers Association.
She expanded her teaching with online classes and helped lead the certification process for other GRCC faculty who were creating such courses. In addition to helping create the curriculum course model that GRCC uses today, she has helped faculty with instructional design and led workshops in accreditation and program review processes.
But her teaching has not occurred only on the GRCC campus. She has planned and participated in many community efforts to introduce science careers to girls in elementary and middle school. She has also served as a consultant for curriculum advancement in various West Michigan school districts and has led in-service opportunities for teachers throughout the Kent Intermediate School District.
Her legacy lives in the processes she helped build at GRCC and through four scholarships she helped develop: the Women in Science Scholarship, the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship, the Bill and Laurie Foster Biological Sciences Scholarship, and the Excellence in Education Legacy Scholarship.
Foster will be recognized during GRCC’s commencement, which starts at 7 p.m. April 26 in the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.