Erin Foster

Senior Specialist

Erin Foster primarily provides support for NIET's Indiana partner schools, capitalizing on her drive to influence positive change for students through her zeal for working with educational leaders.

In Erin's 20 years in the field of education, she has contributed through a wide variety of roles, most notably Indiana TAP regional coordinator and TAP master teacher. Immediately prior to joining NIET, Erin directed the EWIN initiative (Education-Workforce Innovation Network) at the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL). Also while at CELL, Erin provided intermediary services for the Comprehensive Counseling Collaborative of Elkhart County (CCCEC). She developed significant school-based expertise in Ohio, California, and Indiana teaching at the elementary level as well as serving as math coach, high-ability specialist, and academic specialist. Erin feeds her passion for high-ability education by providing professional development for teachers of high-ability students.

Erin earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and German studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master's degree in educational psychology with a specialization in gifted and talented education from Ball State University.

 Erin  Foster

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

I am passionate about working at NIET because I believe high-quality instruction should be available to every student every day and that can be achieved by providing teachers effective tools and ongoing support. NIET is comprised of a team of national experts who lead the way doing just that, and I am honored to be a part of such greatness.

Who is your favorite teacher?

My favorite teacher was Mrs. Priest, who taught 10th grade World History. I received a B on a paper because she expected more from me. She recognized my potential and held me accountable to that. When I became a teacher, I wanted to challenge each of my students also.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband and three children. We love family game nights, having big breakfast dinners, and visiting extended family. I also love to read books, cook, watch Hallmark movies, and cuddle with my fur baby Winston.