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About Me

I have been a teacher for over 20 years — and before that I was an Industrial Chemist.  While my focus has been middle and high school math and science I am delighted to expand my horizons to include 5th grade gifted.

I am married and have 5 children and 9 grandchildren.  We live to travel and frequently visit Disneyland and Disney World.  My husband’s business is selling Disney collectibles on eBay, and the name of our company, Just An Excuse, sums things up nicely.



1. Aubrey Tapia - December 7, 2009

Dear Mrs. Foote,
You are the best teacher! How do you learn and teach so much? I hope I could do something special for you.

Nancy Foote - December 7, 2009

Hi Aubrey,

I’ve been teaching for a long time and each year I love it a little more than the last. I am still hungry for knowledge and I constantly try to learn new things — like documentary film making!

Here’s what you can do for me. Learn, learn, learn … and pass your love for learning on to someone else. Teach someone something that only you can teach them.

And always be happy.


Mrs. Foote

2. Aubrey Tapia - December 7, 2009

I will miss you so much over Christmas Mrs.Foote. My parents just love your teaching
Aubrey Tapia

3. Kelly Finlay - December 8, 2009

Hi Nancy, I saw your presentation at the NSTA conference in Phoenix, and I would love to get your 40 page booklet of activities for “when you have 5 minutes left”. Great presentation!

Nancy Foote - December 8, 2009

I emailed you the booklet tonight. I am glad you enjoyed the presentation. I had a great time! Thanks for the kind words.

Jennifer Rizzo - January 7, 2010

Do you have Nancy’s email? If so please send to Jennifer Rizzo via email jrizzo@adams50.org


Jen Rizzo

4. Jennifer Rizzo - January 7, 2010

Hello Nancy,

I also saw you at the NSTA conference. I would love the activity book you said that you would send over via email! I learned alot from you and have used your card game and lollipop reading game.


Jen Rizzo

5. Aubrey Tapia - January 23, 2010

dear mrs.foote,
hi! i think for febuary you should have hearts falling on the website!

Nancy Foote - January 23, 2010

I agree. Let’s see what we can do!

6. carla rendon - April 13, 2010

Dear Mrs.Foote,
Hi mrs.foote! i miss you so much! i love what you teach us! you make it fun and exciting.
love always,

7. Linda Rowell (third grade) - July 28, 2010

Mrs Foote: Thank you for your enthusiasm today in Memphis. I tried to go on your site but could not access the tiles print out or anything else. HELP

Nancy Foote - July 28, 2010

Hi Linda,

Sorry you are having trouble. I will email you the files directly when I return home. In the meantime, click on the actual words and a new window with the power points and resources will pop-up.


8. Linda Rowell (third grade) - July 28, 2010

My email address is qrowell@aol.com

9. 2010 in review « Centennial Self-Contained Gifted Grades 4 & 5 Math & Science - January 2, 2011

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10. Marc Alvarez - January 18, 2011

Mrs. Foote,

I am a teacher in Prosper, Texas. I have been teaching for 12 years. However, this is my first year teaching exclusively GT children. I have two sections of 5th grade GT mathematics. I have read so much about your successes and methods. I would deeply appreciate any materials you would be willing to share with regards to lessons, activities, units, etc.

Currently I have having to make up most of what I do with the kids. I use Everyday Mathematics, Hands-On Equations, and anything else that I can find that looks fun, challenging, and interesting.

Thanks in advance!

11. Christopher Milburn - October 4, 2011

Hello Mrs. Foote, I saw on the “You can do the cube” website that you incorporate teachings of the Rubik’s Cube into your classroom. If this is true, perhaps you could contact me as I’m holding a Rubik’s cube competition in Glendale, AZ on December 3rd.

Maybe some of your students would enjoy participating. Feel free to email me at chris@arizonaspeedcubing.com, thank you!!

12. Lisa Doehnert - April 20, 2012

Hi Nancy, I’d like to connect with you about some potential freelance opportunities for developing calculator-based activities for middle school science. Please send me a note at ldoehnert@wordsandnumbers.com if you’re interested.

13. Mary - June 20, 2012

Hello Mrs. Foote, I just found your awesome site. I have been researching curricula for 4th and 5th, gifted, math and science as I just interviewed for such a position. Thank you for sharing your website. Mzie in Chicago

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