‘I felt called to do something substantial in my community’, Oklahoma City man switches careers to pursue his goal
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Four years ago, Oklahoma City native D’Andre Foster rose through the corporate ranks, building a deep cleaning division within the Cintas company from the ground up.
He succeeded, but yearning for more, the 36-year-old husband and father of two took a step back and turned to education.
“I felt called to do something substantial in my community,” said Foster, now an AP history professor and coordinator of the Academy of Law and Public Safety at Frederick Douglass High School. “And education was available. It was something I prayed for and I was just blessed to be able to come and teach at my alma mater.
The Douglass High School alum, who was a standout athlete and class salute in 2003 for the 100th class, said his experience at the historic high school helped cultivate the civic mindset he shares with his students today.
“I feel connected to these kids because I come from the same places they do,” Foster said. Both of his parents also attended Historic High School.
Its Practical Law course is designed to teach its students to be both active and engaged – and to help them understand how to apply their legal knowledge to everyday life.
“My course (and the presentation of this course) is changing. I work towards [it] is the one that best suits our population to thrive and excel in the classroom and in life,” he said.
“I really didn’t know much about the law,” said A’miyah Morgan, a student in her street law class. “But while I’m learning from Foster, he’s teaching me…if you mean what you mean, to speak up.”
Mr. Foster is not just a teacher, but a business owner, pastor and seminarian, with no signs of slowing down.
But its focus for now is to help students navigate the world around them.
“You will be expected to prosper and excel if you go to Douglass. That’s my expectation,” he said.
“I wish people believed in their children enough to know that they can thrive in Douglass like they can anywhere,” he added. “They can graduate with college credit, embrace their heritage and identity, and join the ranks of the largest alumni association in Oklahoma State.”
“If God leads me to go somewhere, I’ll feel like I’m sure I’ll feel at peace with it,” Foster continued. “But I don’t see anywhere else that would be useful for me to be right now.”
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