LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Kerry Foote

Position: First Grade Teacher
School: Van Derveer Elementary School
School District: Somerville Public Schools
City, State: Somerville, NJ

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Kerry Foote was nominated by her colleague, Lindsay Frevert.

Ms. Foote has been a LifeChanger every year that she has been an educator. Her passion and love for her students and colleagues is evident and contagious. Everyone wants to be better educators because of the drive and effort she brings each and every day.

Ms. Foote is an innovative leader because she finds new ways of teaching, and is constantly creating a classroom environment that is welcoming to every student.

"When you walk into Kerry’s room, you feel such a positive energy," Frevert said. "Her students have the opportunity to have a variety of ways to sit and learn. There are pillows, laundry baskets, desk pedals, saucer seats, etc. for students to utilize while they work." 

Flexible seating is a big part of Ms. Foote's classroom, and students determine how they work best and decide how they will sit or even stand. This allows students to have their own learning independence. 

Ms. Foote has students learning in several different ways. They are on computers, in small groups, writing in sand, using QR codes, or videoing themselves on iPads practicing fluency. During different holidays, students are seen using Frankenstein fingers while reading, or special holiday glasses while editing. Students have also dressed up in a doctor’s outfit when dissecting words. Her creativity is truly incredible, and the students love it. This past year, Ms. Foote had a special event in her room when she opened up her library. The students were so excited to be able to go book shopping, and the principal, school librarian, and even school mascot came. This little event was very special to her students. Students have a variety of different needs when they enter Ms. Foote's room, and she does all that she can to ensure their needs are met.

Ms. Foote is not only a leader in the classroom, but within the district as well. She is a part of many committees in her school district. She has helped run the Winter Literacy Night, as well as the Read Across America Event. These events have run flawlessly because Ms. Foote has put the time in beforehand to set everything up. Whenever she runs an event, it is run perfectly because of her commitment. Ms. Foote is also on the SunFISH Committee, which does various activities for the staff. She is always willing to assist with making cupcakes or bringing in treats for the staff. She is of great assistance during the staff Holiday Party, always bringing fun games to the table. Ms. Foote has also shared her expertise by presenting various Professional Development workshops for the teachers of our district.

Ms. Foote is always willing to do whatever needs to be done. If there are flyers that need to be typed up, she is willing to do it. If stamina charts or reading logs need to be done, she is there to do them. The curriculum has been revised, and Ms. Foote has been assisting where she can. She has provided activities and centers to assist teachers with the implementation of the curriculum.Ms. Foote is phenomenal with making center activities, and is always willing to make centers for any grade that asks. Whatever she makes, she shares. She is currently on maternity leave, but is still sending emails with various activities for every grade to use.  Her own team is constantly receiving emails of something that she put together. 

Ms. Foote is a natural teacher. She is a role model, not only to her students, but the staff as well. Ms. Foote is always trying to find ways to remind her students and her colleagues how awesome they are. She always has Halloween costumes for students just in case they may not have one. One way that she has shown her commitment to her students was with what she did a few years ago, when one of her students was diagnosed with ALD. She was the one who met with the parents to voice the concerns she saw within the classroom. Because of her communication with the parents, they were able to find out what was wrong. Her student was sent to Minnesota for a bone marrow transplant. She and Frevert knew exactly what they needed to do—visit him there. It was the greatest experience, not only for her student, but for his parents as well. After Ms. Foote's student came back, they also tutored him at home and have become permanent members of their family. Ms. Foote continues to stay in contact with her students after they have left her room. She wants them to know that she is always there to support them.

 "There is no one that is more deserving of this award," Frevert said. "I am lucky to not only have Kerry as a colleague but as a friend as well. This is truly an award made for Kerry."

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Somerville Teacher Nominated for National Life Changer Award

 



Comments (111)


Jo-Ann Devereaux Posted over a year ago

Kerry Foot is definitely deserving of this award. Kerry personifies what is right about our profession. She has a particular blend of empathy, patience and creative thinking to make her adept at working with all students. Her unwavering goal is to reach the individual student, especially when their needs are unique. Kerry is also a leader among her peers. She is always willing to share her knowledge and freely offers the materials she creates with others. With all of her praiseworthy talents, her most potent tool is her personality. Kerry radiates kindness, and draws people, through personal magnetism and openness. Thank you Kerry for all you do. You have certainly changed my life, and there is no one who deserves this honor more than you!

Jonathan Valencia Posted over a year ago

I KNOW Kerry is more than deserving for this award. I always hear great things about her work place and her students. She is a great role model and her drive cannot be matched.

Kim Posted over a year ago

Kerry deserves the award for being a great teacher!!

Chris Garot Posted over a year ago

Kerry is definitely a Life Changer. She changes the lives of those around her all the time. She is such a caring and dedicated teacher. She truly has more energy than anyone I know! She is constantly coming up with and sharing so many innovative ideas for the classroom. She is always saying, "How can I help?" "What else do you need?" We are so fortunate to have her call VDV her home, and her students are so very lucky to have her in their corner!

John Scott Posted over a year ago

Kerry just loves her kids so much. When my granddaughter, Emily, was coming to her school, Kerry did many thoughtful things to make Emily feel comfortable with her transition. Knowing that there was a caring, professional nearby made the move smooth for all of us. Thanks, Kerry.

nadine Posted over a year ago

Kerry is a warm, vibrant individual. She is an excellent role model and thrives to instill the love of learning in all of her students. I can say with great confidence that Kerry Foote is well deserving of this award.

Charlene Tackvic Posted over a year ago

Kerry Foote is so deserving of this award. She is always creating new and innovative ways to help her students learn and she always shares! After spending countless hours creating new centers for her classroom, Kerry enthusiastically sends an email to the staff explaining and sharing new and creatives way to teach students. It is not unusual to get several emails throughout the week from Kerry sharing resources that will motivate students. Having worked alongside Kerry during our before school Gifted and Talented program, I got so much motivation and energy from her. She is truly a Life Changer. She has not only changed the lives of her students, but also the lives of everyone she comes in contact with. She has the best personality and her energy and passion is contagious. She is the kind of person that you get motivation from just because you are around her!

Michael scott Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Foote is an amazing, dedicated teacher. She goes above and beyond for the success of every student that enters her classroom, and even many who are not even listed on her official roster but are still a part of Mrs. Foote’s broader “classroom.” Our world is a better place because of fantastic teachers like Mrs. Foote!

Kathy L Posted over a year ago

Kerry loves what she does and it shows through everything she does for everyone.

Karen healy Posted over a year ago

Kerry is lovely girl that comes from a beautiful, learned family, so it doesn’t surprise me that she has been nominated for such a wonderful award! I’m sure her intelligence and bright energy will encourage her students to learn, learn, learn! Kerry is the kind of teacher her students will remember forever!

Gina Blaszka Posted over a year ago

Kerry has been such a role model to me since the first day I started teaching, 5 years ago. She was so welcoming and willing to help me come up with ideas for my students from the day I met her. Her flexible classroom seating inspired me to try it in my own classroom and my students love it! She is constantly sharing center ideas with my kindergarten team and she doesn't even teach kindergarten. Her creativity and passion is something I continue to strive for and I feel lucky to work alongside her.

Jen Setzer Posted over a year ago

Kerry is beyond deserving of this award. I'm fortunate enough to work alongside her on our first grade team. She is constantly sharing resources, lending a hand, and coming up with creative ideas. She has such a contagious enthusiasm for every lesson she's teaching, committee she's running, or new school initiative she's heading. She goes above and beyond in every aspect of teaching. We are so lucky to have her at VDV!

Jill Posted over a year ago

Kerry has more energy than anyone I know. Not only does she work to better her own students but she is there for any student or staff member to better themselves. There have been many times when I have received and email on a Saturday or Sunday pertaining to materials, or lessons that I could use to work with my students. Since I am a special services professional, It touches me to see how much she is motivated and willing to share information and lookout for her colleges no matter what their specialty.

Ellen Wadyka Posted over a year ago

Kerry follows in the tradition of her family of educators. She has internalized the skills and devotion that define wonderful teachers. As are her parents and her twin, Courtney, Kerry exemplifies the best in education. So proud to have witnessed her development as an outstanding teacher!

Susan McCabe Posted over a year ago

I had the honor of working with Kerry for several years. She is a staff member who is a problem solver and she does it in creative ways! She understands that teaching is much more than the curriculum.

Kathy Lepkowski Posted over a year ago

Kerry loves what she does and it shows through all of her work!

Amanda Hemphill Posted over a year ago

Kerry is the best!! Very deserving!

Alfredo Lazarte Posted over a year ago

Kerry is so deserving of this award! She is truly amazing!

Kelly Ronca Posted over a year ago

Kerry most definitely deserves this honor!

Nicole Posted over a year ago

Kerry is an inspiration! She has the drive, determination, and passion that help her be one of the best teachers and leaders out there. Her creativity is mind-blowing and I wish that I had the privilege of having Mrs. Foote as my teacher!

Irene Vest Posted over a year ago

Kerry is so caring and loves her students. I think she is deserving of this award

Nancy Feeney Posted over a year ago

Ms Kerry Foote is an amazing innovative teacher. Her caring for students is well known and she is a true mentor of all. No matter what skill set a student begins with, Kerry makes them soar. This award is truly deserved by Kerry.

Kathy O'Reilly Posted over a year ago

Kerry is a lifelong friend and a great role model. I agree that she deserves this award!

Beth Lee Posted over a year ago

Kerry is a bright shining light to all of us who are so lucky to know her. She brings love and caring to her students and colleagues with her positive can-do attitude and her creativity. She is so deserving of this award. Our school community has has been missing her sparkle while she has been out on leave. She helps make all of us strive for our very best, both students and staff.

Courtney Kuboski Posted over a year ago

Kerry Foote is the absolute perfect recipient of this award. She is constantly going above and beyond to meet the needs of her students and school community. Kerry is a role-model amongst her peers. She proves to be an endless source of encouragement, advice, and ideas. She is always creating materials and resources to share with her coworkers. Kerry is loved by each of her students. As her twin sister, I get stopped almost daily asking if I am “Mrs. Foote”. When I tell them that I am her sister, their face lights up and they ask, “Can you tell her I said, ‘Hi!’” She has become a role model in the community and continues to touch the lives of all she comes in contact with. Kerry Foote deserves this award!!

Quentin Jordan Posted over a year ago

Kerry is absolutely the most deserving of this!!!!! She Rocks!

Michelle Frauenheim Vosk Posted over a year ago

We are SO lucky to have Kerry at our school- all of our teachers are constantly working hard to make sure our kids are able to do their best. I am so thankful to live in Somerville and have my kids interact with amazing people like Kerry, Lindsay, and the rest of the faculty. They go above and beyond ??

Tara Cichetti Posted over a year ago

Kerry is amazing! She volunteered her personal time to raise funds for a new playground for the vdv school!

Brenda Rosenau Posted over a year ago

In reading the award description, I can wholeheartedly say that Kerry fully embodies the ideals of the Life Changer of the Year Award! Kerry gets to know each and every student individually, works with their abilities and encourages them to achieve all that they possibly can. Few parents can say this, but I can honestly say that Kerry has not only changed, but SAVED my son's life! When Kerry had my son 5 years ago in her 3rd grade class, she noticed that he had some inconsistencies in focus and behavior which eventually led to him being diagnosed with advanced stages of a metabolic disease called adrenoleukodystrophy; a disease in his brain which required two bone marrow transplants to save his life. Looking back, the symptoms were present for several years prior, but the symptoms often present themselves similar to typical learning disabilities like ADHD and other focus-related behaviors. However, Kerry knew my son well enough to notice that these problems were more than a learning disability or unruly behavior. Something was very wrong. It was her observations and actions that let to his diagnosis, and had it not been for her pursuing it farther and working along with us to determine the cause, my son would not be alive today. Since that time frame, Kerry has continued to go above and beyond with my son and support his accomplishments in so many ways. While undergoing his transplants, she came all of the way from New Jersey out to visit him in the hospital in Minnesota. She brought such sunshine to our entire family during a very difficult time, and while she continues to remain very close to us, she brings him cheer as he works through depression and makes him feel special as he has learned to adapt to his many disabilities that have resulted from his illness. Kerry's contagious enthusiasm and positive energy impacts everyone with whom she comes in contact. Whether within the classroom or out among everyday life, she is the type of teacher that the world could use many more of!

Barbara Posted over a year ago

As an educator for 50 years with experience primarily in grades 1-3, I can tell you that Kerry Foote is a gifted teacher. What impresses me the most is the level of creativity that she pours into her classroom to meet the diverse learning needs of students just starting out. That creativity requires an immense amount of work, because of her desire to accommodate as best as possible each student. She blends her imaginative approach to teaching with a firm grasp of establishing good learning habits and classroom behavior, which I have found to be essential for a child's success. In addition. Kerry is recognized by her peers as a problem solver, an innovator, and a source of support. Last year she was recognized as Teacher of the Year, as well as one of the Teachers who make magic by a local radio station. VDV School is blessed to have Kerry Foote on staff as a superb teacher, great role model for new and veteran teachers, and a young woman who exudes kindness and commitment to all in whom she comes in contact.

Tracy Caudle Posted over a year ago

Kerry truly deserves to be chosen for Lifechanger of the Year. Truly a dedicated teacher!

MaryJo Posted over a year ago

Well-deserved for a very dedicated teacher.

Kathleen McInerney Posted over a year ago

Kerry is an amazing teacher. She is dedicated, caring and fun. My son had her as a 1st grade teacher. She made such an impact on him. He always spoke of her as his favorite. In 2nd grade, I hired her as a tutor to help my son with his learning difficulties. She was so creative in her approach with him and he was thriving with her guidance.I could not pick a more deserving teacher.

Helene Posted over a year ago

Kerry always has a smile on her face. She is a very inspiring and energetic educator, always ready to help her students and colleagues find success. Congratulations!

Rose Nowicki Posted over a year ago

Kerry truly deserves this recognition and this award. She is dedicated, creative, and innovative... a consummate professional.

Tina Posted over a year ago

You deserve this award 100%. I wish I had just 1 oz of the passion you have as a teacher! Congratulations!

Peter Fredericks Posted over a year ago

Kerry Foote is the perfect recipient for this award. She is hard working, dedicated, motivated, and compassionate. Kerry embodies all of the qualities of a role model. She is an incredible teacher who has become a leader in and out of her classroom. Not only do her students look up to her, but her peers as well.

Patricia Helwig Posted over a year ago

No one is more deserving than Kerry for this award. I have worked along side her as a third grade teacher, cheered for her when she won teacher of the year for our district, cried with her when a student was suffering and laughed with her during a school sponsored event. Kerry's motivation is child centered and driven. She spends hours preparing the coolest lessons, furnishing her flexible classroom or baking for her colleagues. Kerry is certainly most deserving of this award. She is our life changer!!!!

Martine Assad Posted over a year ago

I am constantly impressed by Kerry! She is an outstanding teacher, colleague, and person! She is creative, innovative, and hardworking. Kerry is constantly creating and sharing resources with her colleagues and encouraging others. I feel lucky to work with her!

Erich Posted over a year ago

Kerry is an awesome teacher and person. She is most deserving of this award!

Jessica Posted over a year ago

Kerry’s tireless commitment to the students and staff of VanDerveer School is nothing short of amazing! She is dedicated to providing a meaningful learning experience for each and every student, whether they are in her homeroom or not. Kerry comes in early, stays late, and works at home to ensure that her lessons are tailored to the needs of all of her students. She never hesitates to share her knowledge with other staff members. Kerry also shares her professional expertise with the world through her blog and store on Teachers Pay Teachers, where she shares the materials she creates with educators everywhere. She is a life-changer not only to the staff and students of VanDerveer School, but to all educators and their students who can learn from the ideas she shares. She definitely deserves this award!

Shannon Woods Posted over a year ago

Kerry puts her heart and soul into everything she sets out to accomplish. She is an amazing and kindhearted teacher and so deserving of this award!

Mary Brennan Posted over a year ago

Children learn in a multitude of ways. Kerry recognizes this to the advantage of her students. She is deserving of this award.

Nancy Kishbaugh Posted over a year ago

Kerry truly deserves this award. She is not only an amazing teacher but her positive spirit and creativity that she shares with her colleagues is inspiring. We are lucky to have Kerry on our team!

Holly Posted over a year ago

I had the honor of working with Kerry Foote when she joined the Third Grade team. From the very start, Kerry has demonstrated she is truly a Master Teacher. During her time as a third grade teacher, Kerry also served as an NJASK tutor, and played a pivotal role in developing a curriculum for a piloted after-school homework club. Kerry is extremely knowledgeable of the curriculum and expectations at each grade level. And as mentioned by so many others, she motivates her colleagues to stay creative and to keep learning fun! Aside from being a tremendous support to her colleagues and school community, her number one priority has always been her students. She encourages them, supports them and advocates for them. Kerry Foote is very deserving of the Life Changer of the Year Award!

Meredith Mian Posted over a year ago

Kerry is very deserving of this nomination and award! She’s a wonderful teacher.

Nan MacMorris Posted over a year ago

I am so happy that Kerry is being recognized in this way. Kerry is so passionate about her students. She takes their struggles to heart and looks for creative solutions to help them overcome obstacles.

Staci Delese Posted over a year ago

Kerry consistently goes above and beyond! She absolutely deserves this award.

Katie Posted over a year ago

Ms. Foote is absolutely deserving of this award! She’s an incredible educator!!

Jen Haney Posted over a year ago

Go Kerry!!!!!!!! Kerry is absolutely deserving of this award for all of her hard work.

Peggy Scott Posted over a year ago

Dedicated teacher in and out of the classroom.

Nicholas A Diaz Posted over a year ago

Kerry Foote is an example for all of us in education. Her positivity and energy are contagious and her passion for serving is praiseworthy. All who have the privilege of knowing Kerry are better people because of it. Thank you, Kerry, for all you do for your students and all of us!

Joanna Ambrosio Posted over a year ago

Kerry is a natural educator. She connects with every child and makes a positive difference in their life. She is an invaluable asset to the entire school community, positively impacting colleagues, parents and everyone she encounters. She shines a beacon of joy wherever she goes!

Leslie Hernandez Posted over a year ago

I can't think of a more deserving person for this award than Kerry Foote. Her tirelessness and generosity are well-known in the halls of VDV. She's always there to share a smile, a kind word, a teaching resource, a brilliant idea or a chance to volunteer. I've never met anyone with her enthusiasm for teaching or zest for life, the impacts of which are far-reaching. I find myself marveling at her energy as well as her ability to inspire students and colleagues alike. To say she goes above and beyond for her school community would be an epic understatement!

Brigid Mara-Sedlak Posted over a year ago

Kerry is an amazing teacher!

Natalie Posted over a year ago

Kerry is a great teacher, more than deserving of this award!! There should be more teachers like her around!

Ariel Newman Posted over a year ago

Kerry is passionate, dedicated and magnetic, her students are lucky to have her!

Aly Posted over a year ago

Kerry is an incredible teacher and person. She makes an impact on every person she meets! She is very deserving of this award!

Amy Ellis Posted over a year ago

Kerry clearly goes above and beyond and that is becoming a rare quality. She is a shining example of someone who makes a difference and very deserving of this award.

candice Carullo Posted over a year ago

Go Kerry!! As one of Kerry's longtime friends I can tell you that her creativity goes back to middle school days! It is not shocking to me at all that Kerry is up for such an honorable award. I believe there is no one more deserving of this award than Kerry!

Laurie Tighe Posted over a year ago

Kerry is my niece and is a wonderful teacher, Her students absolutely love her and she is dedicated to all of her students and goes out of her way to help them anyway she can even when her school day has ended she is still at work making the class the best place to be

Cassie Posted over a year ago

No one deserves this award more!! Kerry is the most passionate, dedicated and hardworking teacher.

Mare Gherlone Posted over a year ago

Ms. Foote is certainly deserving of the honor.

Jennifer Burke Posted over a year ago

I had the honor of co-teaching science/social studies with Kerry Foote during what I considered an extremely tricky year for myself. She made me smile when call I wanted to do was cry. She inspired me to be a better educator, when I was ready to give up. Her positive energy and can-do spirit are contagious, both in her students and in her colleagues. I agree with all the other comments, this award was made for her.

Joann Slagle Posted over a year ago

What a great honor to be nominated for this award. Kerry truly deserves this recognition. She puts her heart into everything she does, not only in school but in her community as well.

Patrick Duffy Posted over a year ago

I have known Kerry for years and there is no one I can think of more deserving of this award than Kerry. From the time she gets up to the time she goes to bed, her focus is putting someone else before herself. Whether that is her new daughter, one of her students, a friend or family member, she does all that she can to make their day better, regardless of the cost to her. She is selfless, considerate, caring, loving and hilarious - a potent combination of skills for a true Life Changer!

Deborah Mamawala Posted over a year ago

Good for you, Kerry. You are an amazing educator!

Rebecca scott Posted over a year ago

Kerry is an inclusive and inspiring teacher and VDV is so lucky to have her. Her students thrive academically and socially and she is an important part of the community at the school. Thank you for considering her for this award!!

Adrienne Lauer Posted over a year ago

Well done Kerry. As an OT , I think you seem to have nailed the classroom needs of young children!!!

Annie Macey Posted over a year ago

My two daughters have been lucky enough to have had AMAZING teachers at VDV! They have not, however, had Ms Foote for homeroom but have spent time in her classroom. A lot can be said about a FIRST grader coming home and talking about the small part of the day that was spent in Ms. Foote's classroom. I can only hope that my son has her for his 1st grade teacher!

Sue Dicenzo Posted over a year ago

I have watched Kerry grow up as a prior teacher of hers in elementary school. It is rewarding to see her building strong bonds with her students that go beyond the classroom. Congratulations on this honor! Keep being you Kerry because you are terrific!

Mary E OReilly Posted over a year ago

I've known Kerry Foote her entire life. She is a very kind, caring and loving person. Kerry goes out of her way to support her students, friends and family. She is truly deserving of this award.

Kelly Posted over a year ago

Kerry is an amazing teacher!!!

Katelynn Snyder Posted over a year ago

I think Kerry is deserving!

Mary Dalessio Posted over a year ago

I think that Kerry is definitely deserving!

Rachel laruffa Posted over a year ago

Kerry deserves the award for being a great teacher.

Liz Newman Posted over a year ago

No one more deserving!! So creative in her learning techniques. Totally understands not every child learns the same way.... Inspirational and motivating! Touching the lives of many children in the best way possible!

Barbara Bain Posted over a year ago

Kerry is a very caring teacher ... comes from a family full of teachers and one of the best! No one is more deserving of this award that Kerry !

Danielle Posted over a year ago

Yay!! Congrats on the nomination, Kerry Foote-well deserved!! You are an inspiration to your students, students' parents, and colleagues. Your passion to make not only yourself perform to your very best, but all of those around you, is admirable!!

Andrea Posted over a year ago

Kerry's dedication and enthusiasm are contagious not just to the students she inspires but to her colleagues who she supports, cares for, and shares with! She is very deserving of this award!

Jessica Dale Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Foot was my son's pre-school teacher assistant 8 years ago. He loved her and was devastated when she left to go to VDV Elementary. My son is in the spectrum and she was amazing with him. A total gift! She is beautiful inside and out. ??

Pat Heck Posted over a year ago

She is VERY deserving. ??

Sara Posted over a year ago

Kerry is the best!

Kathy Petrill Posted over a year ago

Kerry is all this and more. She is always upbeat and encouraging. She gives so much of herself each and every day to her students and colleagues. She is so deserving of this award!!

Nicole A Posted over a year ago

Ms. Foote is the definition of the word lifechanger! She is an outstanding individual, teacher, leader and colleague. I had the privilege of working in her classroom last year, and I will always remember all I learned. She is one of the kindest, happiest, creative, hard working and knowledgeable individuals I have ever met. Her positive energy is contagious, and she truly makes the world a better place. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do, Ms. Foote!

Barbara Shein Posted over a year ago

Kerry is so deserving of this award. She is a dedicated teacher who wars the best for her students. Please choose her for LifeChanger of the year.

Melissa Florie Posted over a year ago

I had the pleasure of working with Kerry for many years. She is an energetic, innovative and compassionate teacher. She is very deserving of this nomination.

Maureen Haney Posted over a year ago

Kerry has been an incredible leader since we first met her when she was in high school. We parents lovingly named her, and her sister Courtney, as the Social Directors. Kerry is compassionate, intuitive, and infectious with her loving and gregarious personality. I can't imagine anyone more deserving of this award.

Maureen Haney Posted over a year ago

Kerry has been an incredible leader since we first met her when she was in high school. We parents lovingly named her, and her sister Courtney, as the Social Directors. Kerry is compassionate, intuitive, and infectious with her loving and gregarious personality. I can't imagine anyone more deserving of this award.

Meghan Posted over a year ago

Well said! Kerry is always inspiring the teachers and students she works with. She always goes above and beyond to help out and to make learning fun.

Shannon Woerthmann Posted over a year ago

Kerry is a natural born leader. She is a bright light, positive and creative! Any student would be lucky to have her.

Kyle Ann McCarthy Posted over a year ago

We have known Kerry since she was a teenager and what a special person she is. This is not only an honor but a true testament to the person she is. God bless her!

Katie Scott Posted over a year ago

To see Kerry as a teacher is to see someone so completely in their element - the role they were meant to play in life that then impacts the lives of all of those around her. She looks at her students as an extension of her family - helping them in their education but also in their understanding of life [how to show empathy, kindness]. She goes above and beyond in everything she does - buying Halloween costumes for kids who can't afford, organizing support for her fellow teachers, working the extra hours needed to perfect her lessons. The good she has done so far in her career will only be surpassed in the years ahead.

Laura Bielicki Posted over a year ago

Not only is Kerry an amazing teacher, she is such a role model for younger women like me. She shows her passion in many ways from family, to teaching, to asking me how I am. She’s the best!

Gail Kraft Posted over a year ago

I think Kerry is deserving

LuAnn Kramer Posted over a year ago

Kerry is beyond amazing! Her students are so blessed to have her as their teacher! She absolutely deserves this award! I am thrilled and not at all surprised to see the hard-working third-grader that I knew grow up to be such an outstanding life-changing teacher!!!

Tara Vest Posted over a year ago

As her sister, you might say I am bias, but I am constantly amazed by Kerry's commitment, students and school. She is dedicated to not only their education, but helping them out in any way they need. She never stops. When my 5 year olds were struggling with learning money at school, Kerry designed worksheets that would help reinforce the lesson at home. Always, always above and beyond.

Mary Ginnane Posted over a year ago

I would love for my kids to have a teacher like her. So important and so rare to find- a kind dedicated heart!

Julie Posted over a year ago

I think Kerry is very deserving of this award!! I have been teaching first grade for 13 years and I actually learn from Kerry! She's creative, kind and caring! So excited for you, Kerry!!

Becky Keane Posted over a year ago

What a teacher! Well deserved Kerry.

MaryBeth Reff Posted over a year ago

We need more Kerrys in this world.

Caroline Quadrino Posted over a year ago

Kerry is an exceptional person who teaches to the individual needs and strength of each of her students. She is creative, dynamic and generous with her students and within her classroom! She is definitely a life changer to each student lucky enough to be in her classroom!

Megan Posted over a year ago

I am so proud to see Kerry nominated for this award. She truly has a great heart and it shows with both her students and colleagues. She is always there to lend a helping hand and share resources with the staff at school. I can not think of a person more deserving of this nomination!

Terry Kuboski Posted over a year ago

What impressed me the most about Kerry Foote was when her ALD student was hospitalized in Minnesota, she and her colleague flew out to visit him and his family. They produced a music montage on the young boy's journey, which the hospital shared with others. Her creativity and instinctive ability to reach children are evidence of her gift as a teacher. Every student whom she has touched in the classroom, the lunchroon, the bus line, summer school, gifted and talented student program, before school tutoring is better, because of Mrs. Foote.

Terry Kuboski Posted over a year ago

What impressed me the most about Kerry Foote was when her ALD student was hospitalized in Minnesota, she and her colleague flew out to visit him and his family. They produced a music montage on the young boy's journey, which the hospital shared with others. Her creativity and instinctive ability to reach children are evidence of her gift as a teacher. Every student whom she has touched in the classroom, the lunchroon, the bus line, summer school, gifted and talented student program, before school tutoring is better, because of Mrs. Foote.

Jennifer Biolsi Posted over a year ago

Mrs. Foote is a truly wonderful and inspiring teacher and individual. There is no one more deserving of this honor and award.

Marissa Posted over a year ago

Kerry I am so proud to know you right now! You deserve this award hands down! Congratulations on your nomination, and I know we will continue to see you making a difference in the lives of everyone you touch. :)

Tamme Webb Posted over a year ago

I think Kerry is deserving of this award!

Ron Kuboski Posted over a year ago

What helps to separate Kerry Foote from others is her love for what she does and for those for whom she does it. First and foremost are her children and their needs---from helping them master a skill to even making sure they have warm clothes to wear in the winter.

Sheryl Kirsch Posted over a year ago

Kerry is the type of teacher I would want for my two sons. Her intelligence, high expectations of success, creativity, and passion for teaching will make a positive difference in the lives of her students. As a mother, there is nothing else I could wish for in a teacher.

Melissa Posted over a year ago

Ms. Frevert could not have described Kerry in a better way! This award is definitely made for her. I am also lucky enough to teach beside her on the first grade team. The amount of thoughtfulness Kerry displays toward her students and fellow colleagues definitely makes a difference in all our lives everyday. She is constantly planning fun innovative lessons as well as creating resources to share with others. I am so lucky to work along side her!