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Our Next Head of Middle School

Barrington "Barry" Fulton Jr., currently the Head of Middle School at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois, has been appointed Foote's next Head of Middle School, effective July 1, 2021. Barry eagerly looks forward to joining the Foote community next school year to work alongside our fantastic community of middle school teachers, students and families.

"After a highly competitive search process that concluded in a two-day visit—which included interviews with faculty, staff, parent volunteers, and members of the Board of Directors—we are delighted to have recruited a highly accomplished educator with extensive knowledge of and experience in independent schools and leadership," said Head of School Aléwa Cooper.

A seasoned educator and leader, Barry has worked in the independent school world for 16 years. For the past four years, Barry has worked at North Shore Country Day. Prior to this, Barry spent six years at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where he served in a variety of roles: Middle School Dean of Student Life, 6th Grade Team Leader, Middle School English Coordinator and English Teacher. Barry has many talents, one of which is hip-hop dance! 

Barry distinguished himself during the search process by demonstrating his passion for and commitment to working with middle school students. In his leadership roles, he has proven himself to be a problem-solver, a critical thinker and an excellent decision maker. Barry earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and psychology at Williams College. He earned a Master of Arts in educational leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

"In the coming months, I will be working with Barry and Beth Mello, our Interim Head of Middle School, to begin the transition process to ensure stability and continuity in our middle school," said Aléwa. "In the spring, Barry may visit Foote virtually from time to time, getting to know our community. "

The search process was facilitated by Storbeck Search: Diversified Search Group. It was guided by a faculty Search Committee composed of: Alison Moncrief Bromage, Elliot Dickson, John Hay, Chrissy Khachane, Laura Stanley and Drew Sweet.

"I am deeply grateful to the members of the Search Committee for the considerable time and effort that they invested in this process," said Aléwa. "I also want to thank our community of parents, faculty and staff for their engagement throughout our search. The thoughtful attention, questions and feedback have so clearly shown the investment in and care for our school and our future."

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