Athletics Director and Physical Education Chair
Carrie comes to Foote from the Independent Day School where she was a longtime physical education teacher and middle school advisor. She has over 15 years of experience with middle school coaching, skill development and team building. Carrie has a B.S. in Movement and Sport Studies from Springfield College and M.S. in Physical Education from Central Connecticut State University.
Katie De Vries
Katie joins Foote after working at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School in New York City as director of children’s theater and as a performing arts educator. Prior to that she was a teaching artist in drama, dance and music with LeAp: Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, NYC, providing arts education to students in over 300 schools. Katie has a B.A. in Communications from Calvin University and a M.A. in Performing Arts from American University.
Born and raised in France, Catherine has been a long-term French substitute teacher at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. She was also a French teaching intern for Choate’s summer programs, working with both middle and high school students. Catherine has a B.A. in French Studies and Religious Studies from Trinity College, CT.
Barrington Fulton Jr.
Middle School Head
Barrington “Barry” Fulton Jr. was most recently the Head of Middle School at North Shore Country Day School, just outside of Chicago. Previously serving as Middle School Dean of Students at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, NJ, he also taught eighth grade English and a sixth grade co-curricular class entitled "Learning to Lead." Prior to Pingry, Barry worked at The Pennington School, where he was an English teacher and Dean of Intercultural Affairs. Before Pennington, he taught English at the Berkshire School, where he was also the Hip Hop Dance Instructor for the Berkshire Dance Ensemble. Barry has a B.A. in English and Psychology from Williams College and a Masters from the Klingenstein Center’s Educational Leadership Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Rebecca Ruiz Hanlin
Rebecca comes to Foote with experience in Spanish language instruction and curriculum development in K-12 schools as well as in higher education. Most recently she was a Spanish teacher at Foran High School in Milford, having taught college preparatory and Honors Spanish courses. Prior to that, she was an adjunct lecturer at Gordon College as well as a private Spanish language tutor. Rebecca has a B.A. in Spanish Education from Bethel University and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Gordon College.
Most recently, Heather served as the Allied Health and Nursing Advisor at Gateway Community College. She was also an adjunct professor of nursing at Quinnipiac University. Prior to that, she was a registered nurse lactation consultant at Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as in Texas. Heather has a BGS in Psychology and Art History from the University of Kansas, a B.S. and M.S. in Nursing from Texas Woman's University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Quinnipiac University.
With an independent school background and experience working with children, Ross joins Foote after graduating last spring from the University of Houston with a B.A. in English Literature.
Lower School Associate and Assistant Director of After School Program
Kathleen joined Foote last year as a Lower School intern, and she is now a full-time member of the Lower School faculty while also working with Dawn Walsh in the After School Program. Prior to her work in the classroom, Kathleen was the longtime director of marketing and communications at King School in Stamford. Her previous work included freelance photography and multimedia producer. Kathleen has a B.S. in Computer Science from Mary Washington University.
Learning Support Program
Suhna comes to Foote from The Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania where she taught first grade, while also planning and developing differentiated instruction for students with disabilities. Previously, she taught second grade at P.S. 51 in New York City. Suhna has a B.S. in Childhood Education and Childhood Special Education from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and a M.A. in Health and Behavior Studies from Columbia University Teachers College.
Elizabeth joins Foote from Hull's Art Supply + Framing in New Haven where she was a custom framing specialist. Prior to that, she was a bookbinder/restorer at Hope Bindery & Box Company in RI. A graduate of Hopkins School, Elizabeth has a BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.
Rebecca, who is teaching during Dana Kephart Queiros’s maternity leave, is no stranger to Foote. She is currently the music director of United Choir School, which is led by her husband, Tom Brand, class of 1988. She oversees operations of 32 ensembles, 550 choristers and 16 music faculty. Rebecca spent time at Foote in 2019 assisting Tom in his role as the Ellie Warburg Visiting Artist. Rebecca has a B.A. in Music from Vassar College, and a M.M., M.M.A. and D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Yale University.
Horizons at Foote Development Coordinator
Shauntaye was most recently the Events and Communications Coordinator for the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce where she managed, coordinated and facilitated community events, fundraisers, programming and ceremonies. Prior to that she was the Marketing and Special Events Coordinator for Middlesex Habitat for Humanity. Shauntaye has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport and is currently completing her M.A. in Communication from Southern New Hampshire University.