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Principal Appointed to Thornell Road Elementary School

The Pittsford Central School District Board of Education has appointed Edward C. Foote as Principal of Thornell Road Elementary School. Foote currently serves as Principal of Penn Yan Elementary School and has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career. The appointment follows a thorough search and interview process. Foote begins on July 1, 2022 and is replacing the current Principal, Roger DeBell, who is retiring on June 30, 2022.

“Mr. Foote brings a wealth of experience as an administrator, teacher and leader who has worked with students ranging from pre-k to higher education” said Pittsford Central School District Superintendent Michael Pero. “His extensive work with building systems and processes to enhance curriculum development, and his focus on the wellbeing of the whole child, aligns seamlessly with Pittsford’s emphasis on continuous improvement and our District’s mission to “work collaboratively to inspire and prepare our students to be their best, do their best and make a difference in the lives of others.”

Foote has served as Principal of Penn Yan Elementary School for the past eight years. He began his career as a special education teacher in Oxford, Michigan, and later worked for the Fairport Central School District in various roles including Lead Teacher at Northside School, Principal of Elementary Summer Programs, and K-12 Curriculum Coordinator. As an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan College from 2010-2013, Foote worked for the undergraduate college in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and for the Graduate School of Education in the Teacher Certification Department.

Additionally, he serves as an Ed Week panelist, a Panorama MTSS Trainer, and a member of the Genesee Valley ASCD Board of Directors, and the Roberts Wesleyan Teacher Development Program.

Foote earned a B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo; a M.A. in Computing in Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University; and Administrative Certification in Education Leadership from the University of Rochester.

He is a graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School and looks forward to returning to his alma mater. “As a graduate of Pittsford Mendon I am more than honored to join the Pittsford Central School District in an education leadership position after my high school experience gave so much to me,” he said.

Foote currently resides in Fairport, NY, with his daughters Mallory and Mackenzie, ages 10 and 12.