Heather Downey joined the Columbus Academy faculty in 2018 and began her current role as a science teacher in the upper school in 2019. She currently teaches environmental science and biology. Heather joined the Academy faculty after teaching science for four years at Edmund Burke School in Washington, D.C. She was also previously a research assistant for the Institute of Archaeology at the University College of London, science and math teacher at the Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona, cartographer for Western Mapping Company, as well as a teaching and research assistant at Northern Arizona University. She holds a B.A. in geology and anthropology from Bates College and an M.S. in quaternary science from Northern Arizona University. Heather and her husband Dr. Sean Downey, an anthropology professor at The Ohio State University, have two kids: Wyatt and Olivia. 

Heather's favorite thing about Columbus Academy
Field labs in the woods! Field labs give students the opportunity to learn about the local ecology of the CA campus -- or in some cases, to view the familiar features of campus in a new way through scientific study."

  • B.A. Bates College , Geology & Anthropology
  • M.S. Northern Arizona University , Quaternary Science