General Elementary Education K-8

Salem, Oregon


Total years as a classroom teacher: 32



Oregon State University            BS in Education                                               1982



2016 to Present             K-5 Environmental Science, Straub Environmental Center

1982 to 2016                K-5 General Elementary Education, Salem-Keizer School District 24J



2018-Present   K-5 Environmental Science, Diack Foundation

2016 – 2017      Teacher Innovator Award- The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation

2016                Don Jeffery Award Lifelong Environmental Educator- Diack Foundation

2014                Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

2013                Outstanding Classroom Teacher- Oregon Science Teachers Association

2013                Crystal Apple Award- Salem-Keizer Education Foundation

2011                Entomological Foundation’s President’s Prize- Entomological Society of America

2011                Green Apple Award- Marion County


  • Foelkl believes that “Teachers need to be inspirational in bringing positive energy into lessons and out into the community. I am constantly seeking instructional inspiration from as many sources as I can locate.”


  • Foelkl’s best advice for teachers is: “Triumph. What did you learn today? What did you teach today? This journey is rewarding, as you positively influence the lives of your students. Smile. Listen to your students as you inspire our forthcoming leaders and innovators. Stay curious. Our children will create our magnificent future, through you, their teacher.”