The Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence
The Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence was established by the Alliance for Education in honor of the late Thomas B. Foster, a prominent Seattle attorney and senior partner of the firm now known as Foster Pepper. Mr. Foster exemplified excellence in his profession during a career which spanned the last half of the 20th century. Mr. Foster also enthusiastically supported the vision of excellence for the Seattle Public Schools championed by the late Superintendent John Stanford.
The purpose of the Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence is to recognize and honor an outstanding Seattle middle, K-8, or high school principal exemplifying excellence. The selection process considers principals’ commitment and effectiveness in the following areas:
- Improvement in student achievement;
- Leadership and team building;
- Innovation in educational and administrative techniques;
- Leadership participation in school-wide and district-wide initiatives;
- Prudent and creative use of resources.
The recipient of the Thomas B. Foster Award for Excellence is surprised at his or her school by a “prize patrol” with a check of $50,000 for his or her school.