About Ms. Foresta
Welcome new and returning families!
My name is Samantha Foresta, and I would like to introduce myself as the new Life Skills teacher for the Academic Program at the Upper Campus at AZACS. I am excited to be working alongside all of the students here, as I spent the latter half of last year co-teaching in Science and Social Studies and know how wonderfully special each of your kids are.
This will be my 9th year working with this population, and since stumbling into this field in 2010 I have never looked back. I’ve worked in this field in multiple capacities, beginning as a counselor for five summers in a residential camp for children of all abilities. Following completion of my Bachelor’s degree, I worked for an agency that promotes the independence of individuals with special needs through travel. There, I provided direct support for travelers throughout the duration of their vacations all over the United States. It was during this time that I noticed a serious deficit in basic life skills in my clients, and was when I decided I wanted to have a helping hand in the formal teaching of true LIFE skills to individuals of this population.
I then went back to school to obtain my Masters in Special Educational Needs at the University of Leeds, in the U.K. Here I worked and studied alongside peers from all over the world, and observed formal education practices through a very colorful lens. I chose this program specifically because of the invaluable experiences I inadvertently would gain from sharing and learning about methods of educating a Special Education population from teachers on every continent. Now that I am at AZACS, I’m ready to challenge and embrace every one of your kids.
Much of my time outside of AZACS consists of traveling and exploring new places with my lovable puppy. I have traveled to 20 countries and am still counting. My curiosity of the world around me will not be suppressed any time soon, and I hope to bring those same curiosities to your students with regards to the community they are a part of. I will always welcome parent suggestions, as well as questions related to student progress in the Life Skills class, so please do not hesitate to contact me about anything as we work together throughout the school year.
I look forward to getting to know you all!