Head of School Dorothy Foote speaks to Maine Women’s Network tonight

Posted on Wednesday February 6, 2013

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Wayfinder Schools head to address Maine Women’s Network

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Dr. Dottie Foote, head of Wayfinder Schools in Camden, will address the Maine Women’s Network at its February meeting.

Rockport — On Wednesday, Feb. 6, The Maine Women’s Network will host guest Dr. Dorothy Foote.

Foote will talk about her work as a banker, founder of the Diversity Coalition, nonprofit leader and educator. She will address issues of social justice, listening and learning from the margins and the unique role of women as social scientists.

Foote has served as executive director and head of Wayfinder Schools since fall 2008, and also led the successful merger with Opportunity Farm. She holds a doctorate in adolescent psychology and a master’s degree in human development from the University of Maine. After many years as a banker, Foote began her work in social justice, specifically with issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in rural Maine. Her work with adolescents for more than 10 years prior to coming to Wayfinder Schools was in the development of a cutting-edge social justice program for teens aged 14-19 called the Diversity Coalition.

Foote currently teaches in the Psychology Department at the University of Maine and also serves on Maine’s Shared Youth Vision Council, the board of directors of The Restorative Justice Project of The Midcoast and acts as an adviser to the commissioner of education as a member of the Committee on Truancy, Dropout and Alternative Education. She is an avid skier and runner and is the mother to three amazing young people, Andrea, Morgan and William.

Midcoast member Cathy Ansart of Paper Path Imaging, a BEK, Inc. Company sponsors this meeting.

Meetings take place at The Haven on Route 90 in Rockport from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is, “Networking: Reaching Out” with a full season of speakers and activities focused on making personal, professional, and community connections.

The cost, which includes full buffet and dessert, time for networking and the activities, is $22 for members and $30 for guests of members and/or non-members. Guests and non-members are always welcome. Online pre-registration for members, guests and non-members is required by Friday, Feb. 1. Register online at mainewomensnetwork.com by clicking on the Event Registration link. Visit mainewomensnetwork.com for more information.