Q&A: Assistant to head of high school moves to be closer to family, will miss high-school soccer players, faculty

(Photo used by permission of Foster)
Gabriella Foster (third from the right), assistant to head of high school Brooke Wells, at her 2015 wedding with her father, mother, husband Charlton, older sister and younger brother.

Gabriella Foster, head of high school Brooke Wells’s assistant of two years, will leave Country Day Dec. 20 to move to San Diego. She is expecting twins and her husband is graduating with a B.S in mechanical engineering from Sacramento State University, Dec. 16.

Q: Why are you leaving SCDS?

A: I am moving to Encinitas, a small town close to San Diego. I grew up there and my parents live there. My husband’s whole family lives in San Diego, so it will be nice to be close to family again, especially with the twins on the way.

Q: What factors went into your decision to move?

A: Mainly because the twins are being born, so it will be helpful to have family around to help out when they arrive. Also our lease on our house was up.

Q: How do you feel about leaving the school?

A: Really sad. I have developed relationships with faculty, staff and kids here, so it’s bittersweet to be moving. I’m excited since it has been so long since I have lived close to family, but at the same time I have never been at a school this difficult to leave.

Q: What other schools have you worked at?
A: Merryhill School and other out-of-state schools.

Q: When are you leaving town?

A: We are officially leaving on Dec. 21.

Q: Do you know who will be filling your position?

A: No, but I am involved in the interview process. Ultimately, the decision is up to Brooke (Wells).

Q: Who specifically from your family lives in San Diego?

A: My mom and dad do currently, along with my husband’s whole family. (My husband’s family is from South Africa, so they like to live close to one another.) My sister used to live there but she recently moved. My younger brother is moving down in a few months.

Q: How do you feel about moving?

A: I hate packing. Oh, my gosh, it’s the worst! I’m exhausted by the time I get off work so I sit on the floor, and my husband brings me things and I pack (them). Since I am pregnant, I am not allowed to lift things, so most of the packing has been left to my husband.

Q: What is your favorite memory of Country Day?

A: I have lots of them. Anywhere from cracking jokes with (English teacher) Jane (Bauman) and Brooke (Wells) to driving the girls’ team to a soccer game in Vacaville and bonding with high-school girls. As you get older, you become more settled and don’t meet people as often, so hanging out with them reminded me of being in high school.

Q: What will you miss most?

A: The community. Everyone is great here. They are so friendly and so welcoming.

Q: What are you most looking forward to?

A: Meeting the twins and having family close by. I am having the first kids on my side of the family, so my parents are excited.

Q: Can you tell us something about Mr. Wells that we don’t know?

A: He leaves his coffee cup everywhere and always loses it. He also frequently breaks them! The handles of the mugs fall off.

Q: What are you and your husband doing for jobs?

A: I won’t have a job once the twins are born, but I might sub a little bit before they are born. My husband has been interviewing at four or five engineering places. We are just waiting to hear back.

By Briana Davies

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