Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Child DevelopmentK-6 Certification
Mrs. Amy-Lyn Foster
I am excited to introduce myself as the Arts Coordinator and Theater Teacher for Royal Oaks School of the Arts. I am a 1987 graduate of Concord High School and a 1991 graduate of Meredith College where I majored in Child Development with my certification to teach grades K-6. Most of my 23 years of experience in education has been in Wake County (Raleigh, NC) where I was honored as one of the top 12 educators in the county. This is my seventh year in Cabarrus County and Royal Oaks School of the Arts. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to teach 2nd grade at ROES where I was chosen as their Teacher of the Year in 2015, and the Impact on Education award winner in 2016 and 2018. I am Married to a wonderful husband who is a 1987 Graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High School and I have a 27 year old son and a 25 year old daughter who are off doing amazing things. I also have a beautiful granddaughter and another grandbaby on the way. I am looking forward to bringing theater instruction to our students this year and can't wait to see the continued increased engagement and confidence the theatrical arts will bring to them. I am also hoping that we will finally be bringing The Lion King, Jr. to life this year! Come join in on the fun!
Why choose the Arts?According to the research on DoSomething.org, Students involved in arts programs are three times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, elected to class office, awarded for writing, attendance and participation in a science fair.The Arts increases engagement in the classroom. There is an overall excitement about learning when the arts are the vehicle through which instruction is delivered.According to Americans for the Arts, data from The College Board shows that students in the arts outperformed their non-arts peers on the SAT by 100 points.Eric Jansen of Brainbasedlearning.net points out research that states "In school a strong memory is not just expected, it is priceless...Music training strengthens verbal memory (and) Dance strengthens sound and kinesthetic memory".Elementary Theater ClassesIt is a wonderful privilege to be able to offer Theater Classes to our K-5 students. My goal is to help each student tap into their greatest potential. I want to help them develop and use their imagination and creativity, help them become more confidant speaking and performing in front of their peers, and most of all help them learn that it is ok to try something new and even make a mistake or two. Our classes always start with a game of some sort. These games always have a purpose that helps lead the students to the above goals. My classes are usually connected in some way to the academic content the students are studying in their homeroom class. I hope that through my classes the students will become just as confident in the regular classroom as they are in mine. And who knows? We may discover a star or two among our Rockets. I'm looking forward to a great year!Middle School Majors and Minors
Performance Club Details
It is FINALLY here! (I hope!) As long as we are learning in person and restrictions remain as they are, we will be bringing the Lion King, Jr. to life this year. Performance Club is a HUGE commitment for you and for your child. It is unlike any other club because it lasts the full year with a performance in May. Please see the notes below to decide if you would like your child to participate this year:
For the first semester, the performance club will be divided into two age groups: K-3 and 4-7.
K-3 will meet every Tuesday Afternoon (Unless we are out of school that day.)
4-7 will meet every Thursday Afternoon (Unless we are out of school that day.)
Starting in January, Some sort of rehearsal will be happening every day that may or may not involve your child. It will depend on the role your child is playing and the scenes we are rehearsing. As we get closer to the performance date, rehearsals will last until 5:00 or 5:30.
We will be holding auditions in November for the main roles and details will be coming home closer to that date.
IF your child has a main role, you will be responsible for helping your child learn his or her lines/songs by the deadline set by the directors.
If your child is in the ensemble, rehearsals during the second half of the year will be more sporadic and not on a regular weekly schedule due to the nature of the rehearsals.
During the first semester your child may not participate in any other club that occurs on their scheduled performance club day.
During the second semester Performance club takes precedence over any other club your child may have scheduled on the day of rehearsals.
I am so excited about this year and look forward to getting to know all of my shining stars as we bring this production to the stage.
About our program
What does it look like in the classroom?
At Royal Oaks, we teach the same curriculum as every other public school in NC. What makes us unique is the approach we use. For our scholars, the arts is the vehicle through which we teach the core content. We may use dance to understand reading fluency and pace, or Van Gogh's starry night to learn about retelling a story with a beginning, middle and end and the importance of details in a story. Drums are used to teach place value, fact fluency and counting. Every arts experience is connected to the core curriculum in some way. The arts are used to teach Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Our instruction is intentional and engaging. Our approach is hands-on and fully interactive and taps into the multiple intelligences of our students. As a result, our scholars will become confident communicators through various performance opportunities both within the classroom and for the school community.
*Please note that clubs may be subject to change according to level of interest.
-Performance Club (K-7) - If your child wants to be in the cast of The Lion King, Jr., he or she must participate in this club
-Drumline/Percussion Club (3-7)
- Keyboard (Piano) Club (3-5)
-Dance Club (K-2)
-Dance Club (3-7)
-Pottery Club (K-2)
-Vex Robotics (3-5)
-Run Club (3-7)
-Fitness Club (3-7)
-Makerspace/STEAM Club (K-3)
-Garden Club (3-7)
-Visual Arts Club (K-2)
-Visual Arts Club (3-7)
Battle of the Books (4-5) (6-7)