Alumnus of the Month: Anne Avery Foster ’83/’00

December 16, 2014

Graduation for many is the highlight of their college career and Anne Avery Foster ’83/’00 is no exception. “Graduating was the greatest [moment] because I was a single mom at that point and working a full time job. My first time at Lees-McRae, my favorite memory was a biology field trip working in the river. It was great because of the hands-on experience.”

She also contributes much of her success to her time at Lees-McRae. “I received my business degree from Lees-McRae and took my early education classes there. I always wanted to be a business and education major and that is what I accomplished with the help of Lees-McRae. I help my family with our Christmas Tree, Berry and Cider business and I teach business at Cranberry Middle School.”

Her advice for current students is to, “set your dreams high and work to achieve them. It will not be handed to you.  Use common sense and apply yourself.”

She also feels it is important to give back to Lees-McRae no matter how much. “It is important to give back, even if only a little, because of what Lees-McRae has given you the opportunity to do.”  

What is she doing now? “I am married to Eric Foster and he truly is the man of my dreams. I have three children and one granddaughter, Avery. I am teaching in Avery County at Cranberry Middle School. I teach Career and Technical Education and Agriculture. I help my Dad, Waightstill Avery ’62, and Mom, Linda, with our Christmas Tree Business (Trinity Tree) and our Cider, Berry, and Vegetable Business (Avery Farms) in Plumtree. I am truly proud to be a Bobcat. Thank you again for this honor.”

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Anne Avery Foster ’83/’00