FA Connected Director; FA Tech Team co-Chair


Seventh through Twelfth


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

I feel deeply connected to Foothills Academy. My administrative role at our school began with starting our online school, Foothills Academy Connected in 2014. My role developed to include the position of Assistant Director. I am passionate about food, the desert, and, my family, including my inimitable preschooler, Sedona, and feisty fluffy puppy, Mogollon.


Doctorate of Education, Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State University
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: Dates, curries, celery, legumes….
  • Subject in school: Political Science, Philosophy
  • Hobbies: Hiking, cooking (and, eating, of course)…!

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