Foote's Mandarin program allows students to learn a challenging language and explore a fascinating culture, while breaking down stereotypes to broaden understanding.
About Carol Maoz
Carol Maoz became The Foote School's eighth head of school in 2009. She was drawn to Foote by the close match between the school’s values and her own.
Carol’s focus has been on building community and getting to know children and families. Among her top priorities are hiring, mentoring and developing extraordinary teachers; supporting diversity in its many forms; intentional and collaborative curriculum development; and the successful integration of technology. She guided the school’s 10-year re-accreditation by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and oversaw construction of the Jonathan Milikowsky Science and Technology Building and associated capital campaign.
Under her leadership, Foote added a Chinese language curriculum, the Falco’s PRIDE character education program, and became a founding member of the INDEX consortium of independent schools, a think tank that has developed ways to teach and assess noncognitive skills such as curiosity and resilience.
She has served for three years on the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools board of directors and is currently its President.
Committed to an open-door policy, Carol strongly believes in the importance of the school-family connection and encourages parents to visit to discuss topics of interest or concern. Carol also encourages students to come visit—to chat, play word and trivia games or get some jellybeans!
Prior to Foote, Carol served as a teacher and leader at independent schools in the U.S., including 11 years as Upper School Head at Greenwich Country Day School, and at international schools in Germany and Israel. She has taught every grade level from first through ninth.
Carol holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.Ed. in Administration and Strategic Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in Hamden with her husband, Michael.
As their final art project, ninth graders reproduce an impressionist oil painting of their choice after studying the history and techniques of the movement.