Ashanti Foster is the academic dean and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) coordinator at Oxon Hill Middle School in Prince George’s County. She is an AVID national staff developer, presenter, and author. Foster received her primary and secondary education in Prince George’s County before becoming an honors student at Morgan State University. There she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and served in various leadership roles, including Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., president in marching band. She then went Bowie State University for her master’s degree in secondary education while beginning her career as a Prince George’s County educator.
Foster served as a middle school reading language arts teacher, then AVID elective teacher for eleven years and achieved National Board Certification in 2010. After becoming academic dean in 2012, she earned her terminal degree in education with a concentration in educational leadership from Argosy University. Her passion for community leadership shows in her roles as Girl Scout troop leader, Cub Scout den leader, National Council of Negro Women youth advisor, and Parent Teacher Association officer: roles that allow her to foster visions for success for all.
When not engaged in serving, teaching, learning, and leading, she enjoys dancing, hosting game nights, and traveling. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden and mother of six children. She is currently writing her first book about a classroom teacher’s experiences, challenges, disappointments, and triumphs while climbing the professional educator ladder of success.