Position:

FA Connected Director; FA Tech Team co-Chair

Grades:

Seventh through Twelfth

Subjects:

Senior Project

Other Roles/Responsibilities:

I serve as Secretary of our School Board. I participate in the emerging partnership with Paradise Valley Community College and Desert Foothills Theater / Foothills Community Foundation, in part by managing our dual and concurrent enrollment program. As co-facilitator of Senior Project, I help students engage in 100 hours of a self-generated community volunteer service project or internship in their last year of high school.

About Clea Edwards

Approaching two decades ago, I graduated from Foothills Academy. I have been connected strongly with the school since I was a child, and feel grateful that my relationship with it continues. My administrative role began with starting our online school, Foothills Academy Connected, and developed to include the position of Assistant Director of High School Academic Affairs. Outside of FA, I am pursuing by doctorate in Education (ASU, 2017), and I am passionate about food, the desert, and, my family, including my inimitable toddler.

Education

Ed.D. Education, Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State University (Class 2017)
M.A. Sustainability, Arizona State University
National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship in Urban Ecology
B.A. International Relations & Latin American Studies, University of British Columbia

Work Experience

2012-Present: Foothills Academy Connected Director; FA Tech Team co-Chair
2010-2012: Owner/Operator beet strEAT, Healthful Mobile Food Concept
2009: The Williams Institute for Ethics & Management, Sustainability Consultant
2007-2009: School of Sustainability ASU, Teaching Assistant
2007 & 2008: Decision Center for a Desert City, Tempe, AZ, Research Associate
2006: School of Justice & Social Inquiry ASU, Research Assistant
2005: International Institute for Sustainability, Tempe, AZ, Research Assistant

The best thing about working at FA: The best thing about what I do at Foothills Academy is the opportunity to work with families to help customize each student’s learning path. I value that, at FA, students can increasingly take ownership of their schooling experience, and we, as teachers and administrators, can support them as guides.

Some of my favorite things:

  • Food: Veggies and dates
  • Subject: Literature
  • Hobby: Hiking, cooking (and, eating, of course)…!

If I wasn’t doing what I do now, I would be: On a mountain somewhere with my baby, Sedona!