NISD Hires Diana Foster to Lead SPC
NISD Hires Diana Foster to Lead Special Programs Center
Posted on 04/13/2021
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The Northwest ISD Board of Trustees on Monday approved the hiring of Diana Foster as principal of the Special Programs Center.

Foster, an educator and leader with 16 years of experience in the local area, will start her new role this summer. She will replace Principal Susan Moore, who is retiring this spring after 18 years in Northwest ISD and 32 years in education. Currently an assistant principal at Fossil Ridge High School in Keller ISD, Foster spent 13 years as an instructor and leader at the Keller Learning Center, a school very similar to NISD’s Special Programs Center.

“Mrs. Foster’s experience is ideal for this role, and we look forward to welcoming her to the Northwest ISD family,” said Superintendent Ryder Warren. “She is a strong leader and accomplished teacher with a heart for her students. Her experiences and passion for education will serve our community and students well.”

Starting as a substitute teacher at the Keller Learning Center before becoming a teacher, lead teacher and eventually an administrator at Fossil Ridge, Foster said she quickly developed a vision for what a DAEP (Disciplinary Alternative Education Program) could be.

“I look forward to joining the culture of Northwest ISD and working with the staff to continue the great work that takes place at the Special Programs Center. When I started working in a DAEP setting many years ago, I knew I wanted to be a part of leading the change in how our country had historically educated students assigned to a DAEP. It needed to be more than assignments from their home campus. The students need quality instruction, and that’s exactly what they will continue to receive at SPC,” Foster said. “We’ve worked hard to take the old stigma and reverse it. Our schools should be a place where we help students learn to be advocates for themselves and where they learn the power of their own voice and their own self-worth.”

The Special Programs Center (SPC) recently moved from its location along Highway 114 in Justin to the former Haslet Elementary School building in Haslet. The new SPC space has been renovated with funds from the 2017 bond, and additional renovations continue for that facility.

Foster earned a Master of Education in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin. She is married with two children.