Doug Forster was a 1977 Half Moon Bay High School graduate, but now he helps intermediate-school students on the same road to success.
A resident of Ventura with his wife, Andrea Bolivar, from Venezuela, and 10-year-old daughter, Dana, Forster was selected as the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Month for June 2012.
He received the award on June 12 at that chamber’s “Good Morning Santa Paula” event, held on the second Tuesday of each month and geared as an avenue for the community to come together.
The chamber also hands out awards for a Business of the Month and Yard of the Month (recognition for landscaping). Forster was nominated by a committee of Santa Paula principals and teachers.
After graduating from Half Moon Bay High, the science-minded Forster graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2001 with degrees in science and math. He worked in geology for 17 years on drilling rigs in Alaska and South America before deciding to become a middle school teacher. He also earned an MBA from San Francisco State University.
He first distinguished himself as a math teacher when he was named Math Teacher of the Year for Ventura County in 2010. The small, agricultural community of Santa Paula has a population of roughly 29,000.
Forster has taught math and science in junior high school for 11 years, and currently in the Santa Paula Elementary School District at Isbell Middle School.
He is highly respected in the district, as a dedicated, hard worker, said district certified human resources employee Patricia Jump.
Forster plans to visit the Coastside this summer, beginning in June, and then return in July to assist with the major reunion of classes primarily from the 1970s, but also the ‘80s and ‘90s, said his mother, Coastside resident Carol Forster.
“I’m one proud mom,” she wrote in an email.