Samantha Foyil has been working in the Steilacoom Historical School District for five years and is a sixth grade science teacher at Pioneer Middle School. She is also the Teacher of the Month for March 2011 for the Steilacoom Historical School District from the Rotary Club of Lakewood.
She is a dedicated educator who makes learning come alive in her classroom. Through her enthusiasm, excitement and content knowledge she brings learning to a level of relevance and meaning for her students.
In addition to her role as a science teacher, Samantha is the sixth grade team leader. In this role, her focus is always on student achievement and ways to increase student learning. She has been instrumental in aligning teaching materials to the State Standards and Grade Level Expectations (GLE’s). She is a building leader, when it comes to school reform efforts. She keeps abreast of current theory, research and data and uses it to improve instruction.
In the classroom, Samantha is all about student engagement. Her lessons are fun, relevant and interesting to students. She uses hands on lab experiences and has many interesting creatures in her room… including Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches which, for some reason, students are really drawn to and interested in.
Samantha has implemented many Response To Intervention strategies in her classroom and, as a result, she has had zero missing assignments from students and not a single student has earned a failing grade. And, she has not lowered her academic expectations for her students.
Samantha is also the sixth grade camp coordinator and has worked tirelessly to increase the academic vigor of camp. Many camp activities are now an extension of what happens in science classrooms and provide hands-on science inquiry lessons in a real world environment.