Carrie Foote

Carrie Foote

Grade 4 Teacher
B.S., Environmental Geology, Colorado College
M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College
Graduate Certificate, Twice Exceptional Education, Bridges Grad School of Cognitive Diversity in Education
Graduate Certificate, Dyslexia, University of Florida (expected 2021-22)
Lower School

Carrie Foote teaches Grade 4 focusing on math and science and will be coaching middle school volleyball in the fall. She has been at Carolina Day since 2021. She previously taught Grade 3 Multisensory Math and 5th grade Social Studies/Science in the Key School. Prior to coming to CDS, she taught high school Spanish and science before returning to graduate school to focus more on twice exceptional learners and Dyslexia after growing frustrated with academic choices for her own children. Carrie played Division III volleyball and basketball and has coached at the high school level and is looking forward to getting back in the gym this fall!

Originally from Miami, Carrie discovered western North Carolina while teaching white water canoeing at a camp in Pisgah Forest in her 20s. After spending time living in the western U.S., New England, and abroad, she is thrilled to be back in the area again with her family. Her daughters will be in 9th and 10th grade at CDS this year.

Get to know Carrie Foote:

How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? 

Always learning—I love being a student of whatever I’m teaching.

What books and authors inspire you, your curriculum, and your classroom? Why? 

I’ve become passionate about a fairly recently published book called “Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics” by Peter Liljedahl. In most classrooms, especially in mathematics, the teacher stands at the front of the classroom telling students how to solve a problem. The students passively take in the information, if at all. We know this doesn’t work well for long-term retention of content. This book is armed with years of research on how to turn the students into active thinkers and problems solvers and to help arm them with the grit and perseverance real mathematicians, engineers, project managers, and nearly everyone else needs to succeed in work and in life.