The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies would like to introduce you to Rukiya Foster. Rukiya is a Spanish teacher and World Languages Department head at Austin-East Magnet High School. Previously, Rukiya taught Spanish at Farragut High School. She has been involved with the Project GRAD summer institute and serves as the administrative coordinator for Austin-East Roadrunner football. Rukiya has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in secondary education from UT.
Rukiya is one of 15 fellows chosen for the 2017-18 Center for Educational Leadership’s Leadership Academy based in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. During this full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program, Rukiya will spend four days a week at a school with an experienced mentor principal and a fifth day in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners learning the research and theory behind great school leadership. Next, all the fellows will lead an action research capstone project that integrates their learning across the many curricular areas of the academy, and complete an electronic portfolio documenting proficiency in school leadership. Upon successful completion of the program, Rukiya will be awarded a master’s or educational specialist degree and will be eligible to earn a license to be a school principal in Tennessee.
Congratulations Rukiya for being selected as one of the 2017-18 Leadership Academy Fellows!