Director & Teacher
Diane Leisher is the Director of Foster Academy. Ms. Leisher's career has spanned both the corporate and academic worlds. After teaching mathematics in public schools and earning her Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University, she entered the corporate world. Ms. Leisher worked in a variety of industries with an emphasis on the computer side. She presented technical seminars, developed and verified mathematical calculations for computer systems, tested software, trained users, documented software and processes, performed quality assurance, and wrote and published technical research papers and newsletters. Ms. Leisher has always used math and wants students to realize its diverse applications.
In January 2002, she "retired" to Alabama A&M University (AAMU) where she became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served as an academic advisor for Mathematics majors and on numerous Department and University committees, including the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) - a required document for the University's accreditation process. After her retirement from AAMU in July 2015, she continued teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at Oakwood University and AAMU. She loves watching students' "light bulbs" come on with math!
Ms. Leisher is a Certified Laughter Leader, firmly believing in the health and mental benefits of laughter - conducting laughter programs throughout the Huntsville area. In her "down" time she enjoys being with her daughter, Mindi, and her family - especially Harbor, her young granddaughter, reading and applying self-help concepts, and learning new skills.
Mr. Wallace is originally from Miami, Florida. Mr. Wallace graduated from Athens State University in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a Certification in Secondary Education. Teaching is his absolute passion. He has a thirst for knowledge and shares it with students in his classroom. He believes learning requires relatable connections to become knowledge. According to Mr. Wallace, "Discovering connections is one of my favorite aspects of instruction. I believe everyone learns in their own personal way." Mr. Wallace lives in Decatur, Alabama with his wife Sarah and daughter Luna.
Mrs. Soule is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She and her family moved to the Huntsville area following the last Base Realignment and Closure, which moved her husband's job from the DC area to the Arsenal. She lives in Madison with her husband, Ron, their three children: Michael, Hannah, and Will, and their dog, cat, and guinea pig. She would happily own a zoo or a farm, if the rest of the family would allow it.
Mrs. Soule holds an Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology from Florida State College and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with certification in Secondary Education from Athens State University. She will be finishing her Masters of Education in Biology Education, this fall, with University of West Alabama.
This is Mrs. Soule's 6th year of teaching. She is a firm believer in students learning by doing. In the classroom, she frequently uses music, hands-on activities, art, and other unique learning experiences to help students engage in learning the hard concepts.
Mrs. Soule brings with her a classroom assistant, Felix, a very spoiled hairless guinea pig.