Faculty & Staff

Foote teachers instill a joy of learning by encouraging questions that lead students on an exciting journey of discovery. Teachers value each child’s input, thoughts, ideas and experiences. Two-thirds of our faculty members hold advanced degrees and almost half have been at Foote for more than 10 years.

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Jim Adams

Jim Adams

Grade 5 Teacher
B.A., Brown University
M.A, Columbia University
Lara Anderson

Lara Anderson

Middle School Humanities Teacher
B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., Wesleyan University
Ann Baker Pepe

Ann Baker Pepe

Director of Development and Alumni Programs
B.A., Kirkland College
Lynne Banta

Lynne Banta

Kindergarten Associate
B.A., Southern Connecticut State University
Tong (Bella) Beina

Tong (Bella) Beina

Chinese Guest Teacher
M.S., Central South University (China)
Carrie Bergantino

Carrie Bergantino

Learning Support Teacher
B.S., University of Connecticut
M.A., University of Connecticut
Kim Birge-Liberman

Kim Birge-Liberman

6th Grade Science Teacher, 9th Grade Science Teacher
B.S., Roger Williams University
M.A., Syracuse University
Tim Blauvelt

Tim Blauvelt

7th Grade Science Teacher, Middle School Math Teacher
B.A., Wesleyan University
B.A., Drew University
M.Div., Yale University
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Native Americans used natural materials like marigolds to dye yarn. First and second graders do too, as part of an in-depth exploration of woodland Native American cultures.