Mrs. Tori Foley, La Costa Meadows Elementary, Carlsbad, California
Tori Foley was born in Guatemala and adopted at 3 1/2 months. She lived in Colorado for 8-years before moving to California. She has now lived in California for 30-years, all in the San Diego County area. She graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelor of the Arts degree with a double major in Liberal Studies and Visual and Performing Arts. During her studies at CSUSM, she completed her preliminary multiple subject teaching credential through the Integrated Credential Program. Tori has been married for 13-years and has two boys Brandon (11) and Carter (7) along with their dog (Lucky), a bunny (Oreo), and a fish (Goldie). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to the National Parks with her family, scrapbooking, competing in 1/2 marathons or running a 5K with her family. Tori also has a huge passion for photography.
This is Tori’s first year teaching at La Costa Meadows Elementary and piloting the new art program using “Arts Attack” as the main curriculum. When Tori was nominated for Teacher of the Month we were told that Tori has done an outstanding job integrating the art curriculum into La Costa Meadows. She had some hurdles to jump such as being a traveling Art Teacher since the school does not have a designated Art Room. Another challenge was working Art into the schedule for all 980 students, this meant having slightly less time than would be ideal to complete lessons. Her solution was to recruit the help of volunteer parents and had them set up the classroom with the necessary supplies, she then could walk right in and get started. The volunteers also helped during the lesson and for clean-up. We are also really impressed with her! Congratulations Tori, keep up the good work. (P.S. we are excited for you since we just found out that you are getting your own Art Room)!