Faculty spotlight: Aubri Foster

Faculty spotlight: Aubri Foster

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Christian living teacher shares passion, motivation

Kaylie Clem | The Feather Online

Aubri Foster teaches the Christian living classes on campus and is also a leadership advisor.

A staple of Fresno Christian’s atmosphere is the administration’s willingness to come alongside students and shape their walk with the Lord, wherever they may be at. Certain staff members go above and beyond, allowing their Christ-like attitude to spread throughout the student body.

Christian living teacher Aubri Foster is one such teacher. She teaches her class how she lives her life – completely devoted to her faith.

After teaching at Fresno Pacific University, West Hills Community College and Hume Lake Charter Schools, Foster came to Fresno Christian as a 5th grade teacher. When asked to transfer to high school, she took on the challenge willingly.

Principal Amy Deffenbacher was compelled to hire Foster due to her talent and proficiency. She acknowledges the extra effort Foster provides that is exclusive to her.

“Mrs. Foster is unique in that she is highly educated and qualified, but she is also enthusiastic and joyful about what she does,” Deffenbacher said. “​She offers expertise in the academic areas​ of Bible and English combined with ministry experience and a heart for student growth. Mrs. Foster has the ability to see good in every situation- even when it is hard. She is willing to throw herself into problems and solutions and next steps because she loves God and loves others.”

Foster shares her testimony in class, revealing the personal hardships she experienced as a young adult. Her journey in overcoming these conflicts not only help her empathize with the struggles students face, but equip her to mentor them in their own faith.

This is not to say that frustrations in the classroom don’t arise. As a Christian, Foster understands the importance of faith, and at times wonders if she’s making a difference in the lives of her students. However, she stresses that her job isn’t to force students to believe, but to present them with the material to understand. From there Foster believes it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to influence them.

I realized life wasn’t about pointing out the right and wrong, it’s about love and loving people where they’re at, walking with them in the hard and the good and being a good friend. Yes speak truth, but you have to speak truth in love. Whether you’re worried, depressed or anxious, you can trust that God is actively involved in whatever it is. His plans are better than yours and better than mine, and you can find the joy when you’re in the middle of it. — Aubri Foster

Still she strives to have a personal relationship with students.

“I feel really compelled to create a relationship with students where they feel respected themselves, where they feel listened to, and valued as humans and not just as numbers,” Foster said. “They’re not just a seat in a classroom. My Jesus is relational and my God is relational, He didn’t just start the world and walk away. He’s involved every day so I need to follow his example and get involved.”

Fresno Christian’s diverse student body includes those of different faiths and beliefs. Foster understands this and tackles it head-on, accommodating each individual’s needs. Her internal drive to be there for every student stems from the passion she feels for others.

“Juniors and seniors are cool people, and I loved that time in my life,” Foster said. “My husband and I worked for 5 years with high schoolers in youth ministry, and there’s something cool that happens right before you graduate when you start questioning everything you’ve ever known and start freaking out about where you’re headed. Everything is up for grabs while you try to figure out what God’s will for you is, and that journey is cool to be a part of. It’s exciting to say that God’s will for you is to love him and love others wherever you’re at, so don’t freak out about the details and everything else will come.”

Kaylie Clem | The Feather Online

Foster hopes to minister to students by showing them kindness and compassion.

When asked about where her joy comes from, Foster’s response is that it comes from Jesus. After all the hardships she’s endured, hope and optimism lead her to believe that there is always a silver lining in the midst of the trouble.

“I realized life wasn’t about pointing out the right and wrong, it’s about love and loving people where they’re at, walking with them in the hard and the good and being a good friend,” Foster said. “Yes speak truth, but you have to speak truth in love. Whether you’re worried, depressed or anxious, you can trust that God is actively involved in whatever it is. His plans are better than yours and better than mine, and you can find the joy when you’re in the middle of it.”

Foster is one of many teachers on campus that feels close to the student body. She is dedicated to not only teaching but inspiring her students and furthering their faith. Her faith helps her find solutions for students because she truly believes that everything is a part of a bigger plan. 

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About the Author:

Cathryn Vander Kooi
“If not us, who? If not now, when?” - John F. Kennedy Senior Cate Vander Kooi’s passion is political science and aspires to graduate from Berkeley with a major in Peace and Conflict Studies. Sparked by the current challenging political climate, she adamantly follows the ongoing events in a hope to one day inspire change. Vander Kooi successfully thrives academically while displaying leadership skills through involvement in mentorship programs like Sister to Sister and CSF. Her dedication to rousing change drives her to volunteer annually at Fresno Christian Reformed Church in the youth department, giving 200+ service hours. The ability to shape young minds in the nursery and at VBS drives her to become a better person, not only for future generations, but also for herself. Vander Kooi anticipates a future in government where she desires to make a difference in her own community. Encouraged by her advisors and fellow classmates, Vander Kooi heads into her senior year confident in her ability to inspire change in her classmates and overcome obstacles.

2 Comments

  1. Logan Lewis
    Logan Lewis February 2, 2018 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Mrs. Foster is the coolest!

  2. Traci February 6, 2018 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Excellent article Cate! It really captures Mrs. Fosters faith, commitment and concern for students. So glad she is a part of the FCS team!

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