Social & Emotional Growth

Every aspect of Foote School’s program is designed to support children’s social and emotional growth, beginning with close and trusting relationships between teachers and students. Our classrooms are inclusive spaces where students feel accepted for who they are and comfortable taking risks that unlock their creativity and stretch them academically.

The lower grades emphasize play, independence, learning to listen and respecting others’ ideas. The Middle School program helps students understand themselves and learn about self-advocacy, responsible decision-making, healthy relationships and how to persevere through challenges. A full-time school counselor works with individuals, small groups and classes on projects related to identity, inclusion and friendship, and is available to support Foote children and families through difficulties.

The school’s character initiative, Falco’s PRIDE (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dependability, Empathy), serves as a foundation for classroom conversations, school-wide assemblies and discussions about community expectations, friendship and doing one’s best. Teachers model respect and inclusion by treating every student’s questions with seriousness and respect. Children learn to take ownership of these values, using them to guide their own interactions and as a lens to view literary characters, historical figures and world events.

One thing that cemented my decision to send our son to Foote was seeing the friendship bench on the playground. The fact that children have a place to go to have their emotional needs met by other children and teachers is one of the things I love about Foote.

Danielle Ginnetti, Foote parent

Teamwork and sportsmanship are central to the physical education program, especially on Field Day, when students split into maroon and grey teams to compete in relay races, tug-o-war and other events.

Foote Counselors

Kossouth Bradford, class of '87, School Counselor

Kossouth Bradford '87
School Counselor

Kossouth provides social-emotional counseling to students around academic, social and family issues. He is a leader in school diversity initiatives and co-advises the student club F-STAND (Foote Students Together Against Negativity and Discrimination). Kossouth is a licensed clinical social worker and maintains a private clinical practice working with children, adults and families.


Tiana Williams-McCray
School Counselor

Tiana is a familiar face at Foote, where for 10 years she was head of the kindergarten After School Program. Most recently, Tiana was part of the Integrated Wellness Group, where — as a clinician, behavioral health consultant, consultation manager and community programs manager — she worked with the New Haven Board of Education and other city employees, as well as veterans, at-risk youth, Head Start, and individuals in need of counseling services.