Aléwa Cooper became The Foote School's Head of School on July 1. She is Foote's 10th Head of School and the first person of color to serve in that role.
Aléwa is an experienced independent school leader and teacher who was most recently Head of Lower School at Greens Farms Academy, an independent school in Westport, Connecticut that serves 715 students in grades Pre-K to 12. At Greens Farms, Aléwa oversaw curricular initiatives in literacy, math and social-emotional learning; led diversity, equity and social justice work; and served on a schoolwide marketing committee to better understand the changing school landscape and develop enrollment management strategies.
Aléwa succeeded Carol Maoz, who departed on June 30 following 11 years as Head of School.
Aléwa's comes to Foote with first-hand experience with many of Foote's curricular initiatives, including Fundations and RULER, and she is attentive to differentiation and developmental approaches across grades K–9.
Aléwa earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education. Prior to Greens Farms, she was a teacher and leader at two New York City independent schools: 12 years as a Grade 2 teacher and Diversity Practitioner at The Nightingale-Bamford School, followed by three years as Lower School Assistant Director at Trevor Day School. For the past six years, Aléwa has served as a core faculty member of the Interschool Leadership Institute, mentoring and coaching aspiring leaders of color.
Aléwa is excited to join with faculty and parents who share her commitment to promoting the development of character and academic success in the next generation.
Click above to watch a welcome video from Aléwa.