Always prepared, a natural leader - Cedar Ridge Teacher of the Year Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster with students
Andrew Foster with some of his students.


Cedar Ridge Teacher of the Year Andrew Foster arrives early at school every day with one thing in mind - to work hard and be prepared for his students. “When I was in the Boy Scouts, the Army, or working in transit I always tried to live by the Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared,” Foster explained. “If there is any motto I live by, it is that.”


Foster’s preparation to be an excellent educator began long before his time at Cedar Ridge. A Brigham City local, Foster worked for many years in the transit industry teaching adults to drive commercial vehicles. Though he found success in his work, he yearned for something more. He started teaching at Cedar Ridge three years ago and has quickly shown an ability to lead and inspire those around him. 


Cedar Ridge Principal Amy Bassett said, “Andrew is a born leader. He can take the reigns of a classroom, no problem.” She continued, “He has impeccable classroom management and leads his grade-level team effectively. Students love him. He is a highly requested teacher!” 


Foster believes in the importance of continuous learning and hopes to leave a legacy of truth-seeking. “I hope to leave a love of learning with my students,” he shared, “to help them dare to question the status quo and to think critically about knowledge; to be truth-seekers and scientists; to help students realize that knowledge truly is freedom and that they should never hesitate to question it.”


Andrew Foster receives his award for Teacher of the Year
Andrew Foster receives the Cedar Ridge Teacher of the Year award from principal Amy Basset and board member Chris Corcoran