About Aléwa Cooper

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Aléwa Cooper is an experienced independent school leader and teacher who brings to her role a palpable sense of joy and a genuine love of teaching young children. She was born and raised in New York City and attended The Packer Collegiate Institute, where she first came to understand the power of the connection between teacher and student, home and school. At Packer, Aléwa built a foundation based on partnership, commitment and understanding that has guided her career as an educator.

Prior to joining Foote School in 2020, Aléwa served five years as 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 brings to Foote 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 to 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 Foote’s 10th Head of School and the first person of color to serve in the role.

As their final art project, ninth graders reproduce an impressionist oil painting of their choice after studying the history and techniques of the movement.