Admissions Team

Rachelle Byron

Rachelle Byron

Director of Admissions and Outreach
Rachelle came to Foote in 2013 after several years working in independent schools in admissions and as a teacher of prekindergarten through third grade. Rachelle embraces Foote’s experiential and differentiated learning environment and its diverse and inclusive community. She is a Foote parent with sons in Kindergarten and second grade as well as a toddler daughter. Rachelle enjoys hiking with her family, practicing yoga and exploring New Haven's vibrant downtown and eclectic restaurant scene.

Kelly Small

Kelly Small

Associate Director of Admissions & Director of Financial Aid
Kelly joined the Foote Admissions Office in 2011 after more than 20 years working in admissions at the college and secondary school levels. At Foote, Kelly coaches the Middle School squash team and advises the student-led Environmental Action Group. She is the mother of two Foote students: a recent graduate and a seventh grader. Kelly enjoys reading, traveling and family time in Vermont.

Kindergarten Admissions Team

Katy Botta

Katy Botta

Katy is a Foote alumna who returned to teach Kindergarten for seven years. She currently works part-time at Seedlings Educators Collaborative, a nonprofit organization committed to providing professional development opportunities for public and private school teachers in the New Haven area. Katy has two young children and enjoys exploring nature with her family.

Kossouth Bradford '87

Kossouth Bradford '87

Kossouth is a Foote alumnus who returned in 2014 to become school counselor. In that role, he provides social-emotional counseling to students around academic, social and families issues. He is a leader in school diversity initiatives and co-advises the student club F-STAND (Foote Students Against Negativity and Discrimination). Kossouth is a licensed clinical social worker and maintains a private clinical practice working with children, adults and families. He has two children—a Foote fifth grader and a 4-year-old—and enjoys listening to music, reading and being outdoors with his family.

Bill Manke

Bill Manke

Bill is a Foote alumnus who worked at the school for 18 years as assistant director of the After School Program and a teacher. He is returning to Foote as an admissions consultant. He is now a stay at home dad in Brooklyn with his infant son, Jack. He enjoys exploring New York City with his wife, son and their two dogs.

Tracey Ruotolo

Tracey Ruotolo

Tracey teaches in Foote’s Learning Support Program, working with students individually and in small groups on targeted skill instruction. Prior to Foote, Tracey worked in both private and public school systems as both a head teacher and special education teacher. Her son is a ninth grader at Foote. Tracey enjoys reading, spending time outdoors and watching sporting events.

Dawn Walsh

Dawn Walsh

Dawn is Director of the After School, Vacation and Summer programs and has been part of the Foote community since 1993. She also works at a local preschool and is on the executive board of the New Haven Diaper Bank. In her free time, Dawn loves reading to kids.

Ninth graders cap their art experience at Foote by studying impressionist art and choosing a work to reproduce in oil on canvas. The project challenges students to emulate impressionist techniques, color palettes and style.

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Contact Us

Rachelle Byron, Director of Admissions and Outreach
Phone: 203-777-3464
Email: rbyron@footeschool.org

Kelly Small, Associate Director of Admissions & Director of Financial Aid
Phone: 203-777-3464
Email: ksmall@footeschool.org