Dominique A. Foster

Dominique A. Foster

2022 Washington DC Teacher of the Year

Dominique A. Foster is a community organizer, content creator and educator, who recently was given the distinct honor of being named the 2022 Washington DC Teacher of the Year. She currently teaches pre-kindergarten at Friendship Public Charter School’s Blow Pierce Academy and has nearly two decades of experience teaching young learners. With extensive training and experience in Montessori, Reggio Emilia, International Baccalaureate and Creative Curriculum approaches to learning, Dominique pulls from each to create an engaging and inclusive classroom learning environment for children of all backgrounds. The consistent growth and success of her students has been well documented as she has scored above the national threshold for five consecutive years on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) Observation tool. In 2019, Dominique received a nearly perfect score on the CLASS observation, placing her among the top early childhood educators in the country.

Centered on teaching the whole child, Dominique incorporates mindfulness and yoga practices into her daily lessons, and frequently partners with local health and wellness programs to support student well-being. In 2014, she hosted the first of many Friendship Women’s Expos, connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to the greater school community during Women’s History Month. Years later, over 100 local vendors, speakers, and health screeners have partnered with the Friendship community for the Women’s Expo to positively impact the girls and women they serve.

Dominique earned her Bachelor of Science in organizational communication from Xavier University and has now returned to Xavier to complete a Masters of Education, with a focus in Montessori. She is a proud member of Kappa Delta Pi educational honor society, and has co-chaired and sat on a number of communities focused on equity, education reform and women and girl’s health. When she is not in the classroom, Dominique spends her time enjoying hot yoga classes, trying new dishes, and creating memories with family and friends.