Bethany College Welcomes New Faculty Member in Education

 BETHANY, W.Va. -- Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of a new faculty member for the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Laurel Tangen-Foster will serve as Assistant Professor in the College’s Department of Education.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Tangen-Foster to Bethany College,” said Dr. Miller. “Her well-established record of scholastic achievement and proven leadership in the field of education will provide an outstanding addition to Bethany’s rich tradition of academic excellence.”

Tangen-Foster holds a B.A.S. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She earned her M.Ed. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Idaho.

She currently serves as Supervisor of Student Teachers for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a position for which she evaluates pre-k through sixth-grade student teachers working in urban and suburban elementary schools in Minnesota. She also works as an Education Consultant for Minnesota and Wisconsin charter schools.

In 2007-2008 she served as a founder and start-up coordinator of the Michael Frome Academy in Woodbury, Minn. Sponsored by the Audubon Center of the North Woods, the public charter school operates under a “K-5 Environment as an Integrating Context” theme. She helped found and co-direct Adventure Bound, a summer outdoor experiential education program for pre-k through eighth-grade students, as well as Adventure Bound for Youth Leaders, an outdoor leadership program for middle school through high school students. Both programs operate through the University of Idaho.

Tangen-Foster also worked as Curriculum Coordinator for Academia Cesar Chavez, a charter school in St. Paul, Minn., with a 99 percent Latino/a population and a 65 percent designated Limited English Proficient student population. From 2004 to 2006 she was employed as a Charter School Federal Grant Application Reviewer with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in Madison.

Tangen-Foster’s teaching experience spans levels from kindergarten to collegiate and includes instruction at the Hamline University Graduate School of Education in St. Paul, Minn., where she taught on K-12 Reading Assessment and Evaluation. From 1991 to 2001, she taught pre-k through eighth-grade students at Giant Steps, a private, “multiple intelligences” school in Moscow, Idaho, that was converted to Renaissance Public Charter School in 1999. Tangen-Foster served as a founder and director of the project.

Her expertise also includes grant writing, implementation of literacy curriculum and assessment, and coaching classroom teachers. In addition to a strong teaching and administrative background, Tangen-Foster has established a long record of publications and presentations.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.