A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Foote received her BA in English from UCLA (2001), and her M.Ed. (2004), also from UCLA. Upon receiving her M.Ed. and California teaching credential, she taught English at Belmont High School, a low-income, urban school near downtown Los Angeles. Returning to school as a non-traditional student 20 years ago provided Dr. Foote a unique vantage point from which she was able to relate to her students. As the daughter of immigrants, she was intimately aware of the struggles and challenges faced by low-income students of color. Dr. Foote’s experience teaching martial arts to urban youth and adults, ESL to adults, English to ninth and tenth graders, and coordinating a mentoring program between ninth graders and graduate students in psychology and counseling, has afforded her a wealth of educational experiences with students at all levels.
In 2009 she received her doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University. In her current position, Dr. Foote assists the Counseling Program’s Director, Dr. William Parham, as well as the program directors of the School Psychology Program, and the Special Education Master’s Program. She loves her job because it provides endless learning opportunities working with students, faculty, staff, and administration. She lives with her husband and three dogs in Silver Lake, California, and in her free time enjoys reading, baking, hiking, and practicing Tai Chi and meditation.