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From left to right: Ms. Foster, Mr. Uribe, and Ms. Agoste
It is an honor and a privilege to introduce myself as the principal of Norton Science and Language Academy. I can assure you as a long-time resident of San Bernardino County that I share in this school community’s commitment to caring for your children each day while providing them with a world-class learning environment.
I arrive at NSLA as a seasoned teacher and building principal. The 2023-2024 school year will mark my 34th year in education. Since graduating from the California State University of San Bernardino, I have served many communities in Southern and Northern California. Even though I spent 10 years in the elementary and middle school classroom, it is in my position as principal and leader where I have been most fulfilled in my life’s work. The principalship provides me the chance to work collaboratively with teachers and staff daily, while also remaining connected to young students learning and growing in the classroom. I firmly believe that every child can excel and that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their powers to shape their future and the future of our community and our nation.
Please know that my door is always open to you and I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work.
Dean of Students
Myrna Foster is the Dean of Students at Norton Science & Language Academy. Maiden name of Balmaceda, Myrna was born and raised in Ciudad Obregón Sonora, México. From a very young age, she realized she wanted to become an educator. Myrna inherited from her father the love and passion for education, students and their families, and the commitment to molding these young lives.
Myrna held her first teaching job in México at the age of 19. She had just graduated as Executive Assistant at the time and worked as an English-Spanish grammar and shorthand teacher for 5 years at two different schools (CONALEP and Instituto Metopolitano).
She was then handed the opportunity to move to the United States where she received her Spanish Bachelors’ Degree at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, her teaching credential and Master in Education from Azusa Pacific University, and her Master in Educational Administration from Cal State University, San Bernardino. Myrna has been in the classroom for 17 years and truly loved every minute of it.
About 10 years ago, she made the move to pursue her Administrative Credential and with the support of great mentors and friends, she was successful. Mrs. Foster has now been an Administrator for seven years, five of which have been here at Norton Science and Language Academy.
"Helping others is my passion and the loves of my life are my two children." - Ms. Foster