Foster Academy announces that Diane Leisher has accepted the role of school director. Ms. Leisher has served as a part-time mathematics instructor at the school during its inaugural year and the Board of Directors is delighted for her to move into this new position. Ms. Leisher’s duties will include managing staff, curriculum, and operations at Foster Academy. She will also continue to serve as a mathematics instructor. Foster Academy serves students in grades 5 through 12 with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other learning differences. Foster Academy is located at 809 Jordan Ln NW in Huntsville, AL and is a mission of University Baptist Church. Ms. Leisher has taken on her new job as Director officially as of July 1, 2018. Registration is currently open at Foster Academy for new students.
Ms. Leisher has spent time in both the corporate and academic worlds throughout her career. After teaching mathematics in public schools and earning her Master of Science degree in Mathematics from Texas A&M University, Ms. Leisher left academia and worked in a variety of industries. In January 2002 she returned to academia and took a position at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) as 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. After retiring from AAMU in July 2015, she continued teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at Oakwood University and AAMU.
Regarding her new position at Foster Academy, Ms. Leisher states, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to grow the school, as we continue our mission to provide an inclusive and supportive environment to help students with high functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and other learning differences achieve success through individualized instruction.”
Ms. Leisher is also a Certified Laughter Leader and firmly believes in the health and mental benefits of laughter. She conducts laughter programs throughout the Huntsville area.
Foster Academy leadership is excited for this new phase in the school’s development and is delighted to have Ms. Leisher lead the way. According to board representatives, “We are confident that Ms. Leisher’s experience, knowledge, and integrity are a great fit for the teachers, students and families of Foster Academy. Together with the staff and the Board of Directors, we will continue to advance our mission by empowering our students to reach their highest potential."
Foster Academy is also actively seeking to grow its teaching staff. More information can be found at the Join our Team tab.