Six Questions with Mr. Foust

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1. What do you teach at ILS/what is your role at ILS?

I am a member of the ILC School Board, and have worked mostly on budget and finances as well as teacher hiring. I have two children at ILS – a daughter (Josie) in sixth grade, and a son (Mart) in second grade.

2. What does classical education mean to you?

Building a foundation that supports a lifetime of learning, including a desire to continue learning in any setting.

3. What is your favorite thing about ILS?

Watching students grow in love of learning.

4. Who was one teacher who inspired you?

My high-school literature and French teacher Mr. Garnett. He displayed and developed in his students a love of learning and a love of life. He came to teaching through a non-traditional path, including getting kicked out of college, drafted into the Army, and sent to Vietnam. He treated each student as an individual who was worthy of attention, and taught each subject with elan. I can still hear his laugh, which was infectious.

5. What is your favorite book? (What book has most inspired you?)

Les Miserables, as it is a wonderful epic with many themes and memorable characters encompassing both the most base and the most noble elements of life. Monseigneur Bienvenu epitomizes the behavior of the Christian in society. He passes that on to Valjean, and Valjean in turn passes that on to Marius.

6. Please share one thing families wouldn't already know about you.

I spent 77 days in a row underwater – on a submarine in the North Atlantic.

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