High Desert Heroines: Toni Foster


Last updated 5/14/2024 at 9:54am

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The late Toni Foster with students at Black Butte School. Foster was a passionate teacher of generations of students.

The words people use to describe Toni Berke Foster paint a picture of a formidable woman: words like tough, skillful, committed, honest, focused, relentless, taskmaster, and "passionate maniac."

Foster was a teacher at tiny Black Butte School in Camp Sherman for 28 years serving as educator, bus driver, custodian, and superintendent. Her other identities included being a deeply committed defender of the Metolius Basin. She drove the Forest Service to unprecedented levels of partnership and collaboration with her focus on the Metolius Wild and Scenic River, and was the force behind creating the...

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