Message From Our Principal

  • Greetings!  

    I am proud to be the principal of Stephen Foster Elementary. Stephen Foster has developed a reputation for academic excellence; it is a place where exceptional teaching and learning is the norm.  I am proud to say that we are a Leader in Me school where students are learning and exhibiting leadership daily. I understand the commitment that it takes for all students to reach their highest potential.  I believe that every student can and will succeed if provided the right supports and opportunities to be challenged.  I see it as my responsibility as the principal to oversee this process, guiding the staff and allocating the resources and supports to make it happen. 

    I am a believer in the power of collaboration.  Whether between home and school, teacher to teacher, or parent to parent, we all work better, accomplish more, and feel more effective, when we set our sights on a common goal and pour all of our efforts into reaching our vision.  My belief has always been that excellence is never an accident, and we can only get there if we work as a team.  As part of this process, I maintain an open door policy so I invite you to stop in at your convenience. It is my pleasure to work with you.

    Lastly, you should know that while I take my role as principal very seriously, I also believe that school should be fun!  I delight in the many school activities like Flag Ceremonies and field trips that make Foster the place to be. I also know that the best schools are those where every single person feels valued, safe, and welcomed.   It is my top priority to ensure that everyone who sets foot on our campus feels like part of the Stephen Foster Family.  When we take the time to strategically plan, forge positive relationships, celebrate our achievements, and build on past successes, we can create a learning environment where everyone thrives. 

    I would like to take this opportunity to share some helpful ways to enrich your child's experience at school.

    • Eat lunch with your child as often as possible. Not only will you get the chance to spend special time with your child, but you will also get an opportunity to meet some of his or her classmates. 
    • Sign up to volunteer at school. There are numerous ways you can help our school. Whether it's answering the telephone, going on a field trip, or trimming lamination, our school benefits from your participation.
    • Come to the parent workshops that are held once per month. Hot topics include working with your child at home and everything you ever wanted to know about the Florida Standards Assessment.
    • Join the PTA. The PTA provides direct assistance to the teachers. The money raised by the PTA goes directly back into the school. Recent purchases include the covered dining area outside the cafeteria.

    I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and your children.


    Lisa Peterson, Ed.S.
    Stephen Foster Elementary
    Gainesville, FL


    The Leader in Me