The Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education (SBUSD) has named Jennifer Foster, alumna of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, as the next principal of La Colina Junior High School. Foster (then Jennifer Warren) earned her single subject teaching credential and a Master of Arts in Education from the Teacher Education Program in 1996, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCSB. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from San Jose State University. Recognized for her educational leadership, Foster was awarded the prestigious Santa Barbara County Education Office Crystal Apple Award in 2013.
Foster, currently an assistant principal at La Colina Junior High, will transition into her new role on July 1, 2019. She has been a19-year school administrator in both junior high and high school environments. She is noted for her collaborative leadership and efforts to promote equity, support social-emotional learning, employ Restorative Approaches (practices that encourage building, maintaining and repairing relationships of all members of a school community), and build skills that drive academic success.
“I am thrilled to be selected to serve as principal of La Colina Junior High,” Foster said in a statement. “La Colina prides itself on its strong academic achievement and efforts to prepare all students for high school and beyond. I am honored to continue to be a part of this school culture and look forward to engaging with students, staff, parents and the community in my new position.”