Throughout the year, Le Moyne College will recognize a secondary school partner who is deeply committed to improving educational opportunities for the students they serve. These “heroes,” along with their colleagues, work as tireless advocates to create solutions that provide their students with a chance at a first-class education.
We are pleased to honor Kristen Foote as our latest Education Hero. Kristen works as a counselor at C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, N.Y., a position she has held for the past 21 years.
Kristen has always identified herself with what she calls the “helping professions.” After earning her certification in special education , she taught high school for three years while also coaching, serving as a class advisor and serving on a number of committees -- activities that helped her get to know students outside of her classroom. “When I was ready to seek my master’s degree and permanent certification, I wanted to pursue a field in which I could interact with many students on a daily basis,” said Kristen. “At that time, a master’s degree in counseling fulfilled the permanent certification requirement and so I began the journey to my current career!”
In reflecting on the rewards of her vocation, Kristen says that she is a firm believer of the Tibetan thought that “life comes from you -- not at you” and each day carries an opportunity to influence others. “I believe that the happiest people serve others. I love to teach, talk, listen and share. My students come to me for guidance, empathy and direction. I help them formulate goals, find pathways and reach dreams.”
Each June, she has the opportunity to shake hands with all of her graduates. “No matter what lies ahead for them, their perseverance amazes me,” she said. “I’ve met with each and every one of the, lectured a few and learned from them all. The ability to change lives is my purpose and what I consider a reward of being a school counselor.”
Congratulations Kristen for the passion you demonstrate each and every day as you make a difference in the lives of so many young people.