News by Mary Margaret Busby November 25, 2020
Holmes Community College alumna Augusta Foust was named Teacher of the Year for Pisgah Elementary School in Brandon. She graduated from the Holmes Ridgeland Campus as an elementary education major in May of 2014.
“Augusta is one of the most memorable students I taught at Holmes Community College,” said Holmes mathematics instructor Lisa Anglin. “She was a strong, dedicated student with a caring heart. I am so excited she won teacher of the year. No one is more deserving that Augusta.”
While at Holmes, Foust was extremely active on campus as an Ambassador and Student Government Association (SGA) representative. She was also on the President’s and Dean’s list for academics which led to being inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Foust was part of the vice president’s leadership class in 2013 and inducted into the prestigious Holmes Hall of Fame in 2014, as well.
“My favorite memories from Holmes include the amazing friendships that were made,” Foust said.” It was because of the opportunities placed before me that I grew and learned so much about myself. I continue to encourage others to attend Holmes CC and to get involved!”
Upon graduation from Holmes, Foust went on to Delta State University, completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and graduated with a K-6 certification with the endorsement to teach math through the 8th grade. She also earned her master’s degree in elementary education from Delta State and is currently working toward obtaining her specialist degree in administration and supervision.
She began teaching at Pisgah Elementary School in the spring of 2017 and has taught math and science to fourth and fifth graders. She is currently teaching all sixth-grade math classes at Pisgah.
“There is so much I enjoy about teaching,” Foust said. “I encourage creating and planning my math lessons, but my favorite part would be getting to know my students! They are the reason that my job is the best in the world. I start early in the year getting to know every student so that I am able to accommodate their needs but also encourage them individually to be the best they can be. I love teaching math, but I wouldn’t enjoy teaching it if my students weren’t there.”
Foust and her husband, Alex, are expecting twin girls in the spring of 2021.
“I am so thrilled to hear that Augusta was named teacher of the year at Pisgah Elementary,” said Holmes Student Activities Director/Recruiter Amanda Lindsey. “I smile when I think of her time here as a student. She would speak daily of her passion for little ones and how she was so eager to have an impact in the teaching world. There is no doubt that she has followed her heart and is filling the hearts of her Pisgah Dragons with knowledge, faith and kindness. Your Holmes family is so proud of you Mrs. Foust!”
For more information about Holmes’ educational programs, contact Educational Programs Coordinator Wendy Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org or (662) 472.9072.