MASTER TEACHER: MARILYN FOSTER (1981-2001)
Marilyn, named Yummy by Nicole, her niece, epitomized the definition of ubiquitous. In her years as Director of Special Events and Publications, she made all the “trains” run on time. Our Graland Jill of all trades photographed so many events I have lost count.
As Ben Duke noted in the excerpt from the Master Teachers’ luncheon in 20111, Marilyn was the lady who knew everything, even where the skeletons were buried -- I should know, for I helped her.
“Some personalities at a place like Graland leave their mark through flamboyance or crafting a personal legacy. Others, however, leave their mark in a much more quiet, but broadly diverse fashion. It might be through the relationships built with people providing services to the school. It might be through twenty years of Annual Reports, Graland Todays, or Intercos brightly and creatively illustrated by serious kindergarteners. It might be through calm and composure, getting through events and programs that (would) leave others desperately seeking air and assistance.
“Marilyn, you display the very spirit Georgia Nelson sought when founding Graland: you nurture, you love, you know beautifully how to lead, how to follow, and to share. You have for twenty years demonstrated your love of the institution, its traditions, its quirks, and its spirit.”
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.