Shane Foster’s journey towards becoming Barstow’s 17th Head of School began in 1983 when he received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania. Foster then earned a Master of Education in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science from Concordia University in 1998. Foster began his teaching career in 1985 as a Physical Education and Primary School teacher at Sacred Heart School in Tasmania, Australia. In 1988, Foster moved to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin where he served Wayland Academy, a coeducational boarding/day school for students in grades nine through 12, for ten years. During his tenure at Wayland, Foster held various positions, including English and history teacher, Dean of Students, Director of the Residential Programs, Chair of Judicial Committee, Director of Leadership Camps and Chair of the Retention Committee. In 1998, Foster began serving Nansemond-Suffolk Academy as Upper School Headmaster, becoming Head of School in 2005.
Foster also has extensive experience in athletics. Foster served as Athletic Director at Wayland Academy from 1991 to 1996. He has coached softball, volleyball, track, girls’ basketball and boys’ soccer. He served as State Representative to the Australian Track Championships from 1980 to 1986. He personally holds the title of Tasmanian Decathlon Champion (1980 to 1984) and was nationally ranked in Australia in discus and decathlon in 1983 and 1984.
Foster has served on a number of boards related to education including the Tasmanian State Board of Education and Independent School boards.