(News Release) -- An alumnus, teacher and football coach of Bullitt East High School can now add principal to his title beginning July 1st.
Willie Foster will become Bullitt East principal July 1st. He succeeds the retiring Debby Atherton.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as the new principal of Bullitt East High School,” he said. “As an alumnus, it has been so rewarding to watch Bullitt East grow into the perennial powerhouse in both academics and athletics that it has become.”
Making a return to his high school alma mater as its lead administrator allows Foster to invest back what teaching turned out.
“Bullitt East was so instrumental in helping me transition into life,” he said. “I am very excited about the opportunity to return home and work with the best faculty, staff, student body, and community in the Commonwealth!”
His objective at Bullitt East is a focus on the present with an eye toward the future.
“Our goal will be simple, yet will be a tall task. That every graduate of Bullitt East High School will be truly college or career ready,” he said.
Foster’s young life has been all education. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees and his Rank 1 from the University of Louisville and spent three years working at Waggener High School before joining Bullitt Central’s staff as one of three assistant principals. He was also Bullitt Central Head Football Coach for the 2003-2004 season, part of his 11 years of coaching experience.
He and his wife, Tracy, owner and operator of Jagged Edge Hair Salon in Fern Creek, have two children. Kaleigh, 12, is a student at Mt. Washington Middle School. Dane is five.
Superintendent Keith Davis welcomed Foster in an email to the BEHS staff and SBDM council.
“Mr. Foster comes to us as a proven instructional leader with a strong vision of success and a heart for what is best for his students,” Davis said. “I look forward to working with him and his team as BEHS strives for greater heights in the future. He has been a strong, collaborative leader in my experience. He understands the importance of school culture, high academic expectations, and of building bridges with the feeder schools and the community.”
Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.