Celie Downey-Foye was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She attended Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne for two years before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona with her parents and future husband. Mrs. Downey-Foye completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Arizona State University, after moving to Arizona. She student taught in Scottsdale, Arizona and received a teaching position for the remainder of that school year with the Scottsdale Unified School District. Mrs. Downey-Foye is certified to teach special education (K-12) with an emphasis in learning disabilities and emotional disabilities, as well as, elementary education (K-6).
Mrs. Downey-Foye and her husband made the decision to move to Casa Grande, Arizona in 1997 to get back to the small town roots they had grown up in living in Wyoming. Mrs. Downey-Foye was thrilled to accept a teaching position with the Casa Grande Elementary School District at Casa Grande Junior High School. At the junior high school, she was a special education teacher for three years. During this time, she completed her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Along with teaching and learning, she also coached the pom squad, coached girls’ basketball, directed the plays and musicals, and coached the cheerleading squad while at the junior high school.
Mrs. Downey-Foye was one of the first two teachers hired into the new TOA (teacher-on-assignment) positions in 2000. She served as an assistant to the principals at Saguaro and Palo Verde schools for three years. In 2003, she was chosen as the principal for Saguaro Elementary School following Mr. Norm Sam’s retirement and has proudly served as the principal ever since. She has taught for both Central Arizona College and NAU as adjunct faculty. In 2009 and 2010, Mrs. Downey-Foye was named a semifinalist in the RODEL Exemplary Principal Initiative.
On June 4, 2006, Mrs. Downey-Foye and her husband welcomed their daughter into their family. She currently attends school in the Casa Grande Elementary School District. On May 7, 2013, they welcomed a son into their family. Mrs. Downey-Foye and her husband enjoy spending time with their children. Raising children is a rewarding and inspiring experience that happily consumes most of their free moments. When time allows, they enjoy going to movies and traveling.
Mrs. Downey-Foye is honored to be a member of the Saguaro Family. She feels privileged and grateful every day to work with the caliber of teachers and other staff members who populate the classrooms and hallways of Saguaro Elementary School. Saguaro School is truly a family and without each and every staff member, student, and parent, the family would not be complete.
"The one way the world hasn’t changed. Teaching is still the most important job.” - George Lucas