BASIS Peoria Faculty & Staff

ON SITE MANAGERS

Ashley Brown
Head of School
BASIS Peoria
ashley.brown@basispeoria.org

Ashley Brown is the Head of School for BASIS Peoria. She joined BASIS Schools in 2010 as an upper school economics teacher at BASIS Scottsdale and helped to open BASIS Peoria in 2011. Ashley comes to BASIS after spending three years as a Program Officer at Liberty Fund, a private operating education foundation based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ashley worked with the Liberty Fund conference program on a wide range of topics implicating individual liberty and responsibility, including philosophy, history, economics, law, political theory and fine arts. Prior to her tenure with Liberty Fund, Ashley served as the Program Director for the Arizona Council on Economic Education. Ashley obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Sculpting from Central Michigan University and her Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Delaware. A native of Michigan, Ashley and her family now live in Central Phoenix.

Mark Allen
Head of Operations
BASIS Peoria
mark.allen@basispeoria.org

In 2011-2012 Mark Allen was an Assistant to the Head of School at BASIS Peoria and the Communications and Development Director. A native of Berkeley, Mark has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University and an executive MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining BASIS, Mark had a 25-year career in human resources management and holds certifications as a senior and global professional in human resources. He has been graduate and undergraduate adjunct faculty in the business schools for several colleges during the past 15 years. His wife, Bonnie, runs two schools in India and works at BASIS Phoenix.

Gwen Ventimiglia
Lower School Director
gwen.ventimiglia@basispeoria.org

Gwen Ventimiglia joined BASIS Peoria as a Lower School English teacher in 2012. Prior to her appointment as an English teacher at BASIS Peoria, Ms. Ventimiglia worked as office manager for an Arizona law firm where she was responsible for the operation and administration of the firm. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Illinois and master’s degree in education from Arizona State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Ventimiglia is excited to move into the position of Lower School Director where she will have the opportunity to work closely with the dedicated staff and faculty to uphold BASIS’ exceptional education model.

 

 

Shawn Cox Upper School Director
BASIS Peoria
shawn.cox@basispeoria.org

Shawn is joining us for her third year at BASIS and her first year as our Upper School Director. Shawn joined BASIS Peoria in its inaugural year during which time she taught 6th grade U.S. History, served as the Cross Country Coach and National Honor Society Advisor. During the 2012-2013 school year she worked as the College Counselor and Student Support Coordinator. Shawn claims both the East and West Coast as home, as she was born and raised in Northern Florida but moved to Northern California as a Senior in high school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Comparative Politics from The American University of Paris and her MBA in International Business from Argosy University. Upon moving to Arizona with her husband for his medical school in 2009, Shawn realized her true passion for education and earned her Masters of Education in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Before teaching at BASIS Peoria, she taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts in the Osborn School District in Central Phoenix. Shawn holds an Arizona Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education and Middle Grades Language Arts/Reading, as well as an Endorsement in Structured English Immersion. In her spare time, Shawn loves to run, swim, play the piano, cook and spend time her husband. Shawn has completed five marathons, including the Boston Marathon in April 2013, and looks forward to running many more in the future. Shawn is thrilled to now serve BASIS Peoria as the Upper School Director.

 

Eric Throne
College Counselor
BASIS Peoria
eric.throne@basispeoria.org

For his third year with BASIS, Eric fills the role of BASIS Peoria College Counselor in addition to teaching Algebra 2. Eric earned his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education from Huntington University (2007) Cum Laude where he was also an employed Math Tutor to college math students and Student Teacher. Eric honors and awards include: Member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges: Exceptional Scholastic Performance and Community Service, Graduated Cum Laude. His hobbies and interests include hiking, golfing, and many other active sports.  Eric also enjoys a variety of genres of music (listening and playing); however, his favorite things involve quality time with his family.

 

FACULTY

 

 

Sid Adams
sid.adams@basispeoria.org

Subject(s) teaching: 5th Grade Music; 6th-12th Grade Orchestra; Upper School Music Theory
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis - Northern Arizona University; Masters of Music Education (pending) - Boston University
Relevant Experience: BASIS Peoria - Director of Orchestras; Elementary band and general music in the Osborn School District; Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona; Gilbert High School Percussion Instructor; High school band and elementary strings in the Gilbert Public School District; Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra
Honors and Awards: Grammy Nomination, Gates-Taylor Award in Music
Hobbies: I enjoy performing as a solo marimbist/percussionist and collaborating with other musicians.  I would one day like to have my own show on the Food Network; writing  music, watching movies.

 

Tennaaz Baria
tennaaz.baria@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 7th Grade English, National Junior Honors Society Advisor
Degree(s) Earned: Masters in Secondary Education – University of Phoenix; Bachelors in Education – Bombay Teachers’ Training College (University of Mumbai-India); Bachelors in Political Science and History – St. Xavier’s College (University of Mumbai-India)
Related Experience: Taught middle school at a private school in Scottsdale, Arizona; Curriculum Director at same private school in Scottsdale, Arizona; Taught high school at elite ICSE schools in India; Research Scholar for the Second Secretary of the State of Bahrain; Interned at County Attorney’s office on weekends
Honors and Awards: The Dinshaw Adenwalla Scholarship for English; The Arizona Paralegal Association Scholarship, The Golden Gator award for excellence in teaching
Hobbies: Reading, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering

 

Kelly Bathje 
kelly.bathje@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: AP English Language, Honors Language, Logic
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Education in Secondary Education - Arizona State University; Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Arizona State University
Honors and Awards: Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Related Experience: English Instructor, Deer Valley Unified School District 2003-2011; Curriculum Development Consultant, Deer Valley Unified School District 2003-2011; English Department Level Leader, Mountain Ridge High School, Deer Valley Unified School District 2008-2010
Hobbies: Hanging out with my husband and dogs, music, music, music, experiencing hearing loss at concerts, waiting for my favorite band to be reunited, independent films, collecting oddities/antiques/vintage things, food of all types—all the time.

 

Nikki Buchanan
nikki.buchanan@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 8th Grade English
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in English, Masters of Arts in English
Related Experience: High school English teacher at various high schools, English 101 & 102 Teachers Assistant at ASU; ESL teacher at kindergarten and junior college level in Japan; Restaurant critic and food writer for Arizona Highways, Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine and New Times; Local Editor for Zagat Survey
Honors and Awards: Bronze, Food Feature, IRMA, 2012; Second Place, Food Writing, AZ Press Club, 2005, 2007, 2008; Third Place, Food Writing, AZ Press Club, 2004; First, second, & third place, Food Writing, AZ Press Club, 2000; First Place, Travel & Food Reviews, AZ Press Club, 1999; First Place, General Criticism, AZ Press Club, 1991; Second Place, General Criticism, AZ Press Club, 1989; Second Place, Restaurant Reviews, CRMA, 1996, 1998.
Hobbies:  Reading, watching movies, traveling, going out to eat, learning about food and drink, swimming, walking

 

Katie D’Amour
katelyn.damour@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 8th Grade Economics, AP Economics, 11th/12th Grade 1/2 Economics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Economics, Hillsdale College
Related Experience: Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant, Hillsdale College; Economics Tutor, Hillsdale College; Economics Research Assistant, Hillsdale College; Intern, Liberty Fund
Honors and Awards: Spoke on a Frederic Bastiat panel at the 2013 Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference in Hawaii; presented in paper competition at the same conference.
Hobbies:  Baking, chemistry, playing with my dogs, hiking, scuba diving, misremembering famous quotes, card and board games, and reading books written before the 20th century (with the exception of C.S. Lewis and F.A. Hayek).

 

Andrew Doumakes
andrew.doumakes@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 5th Grade Math 8/7, 6th Grade Pre-Algebra
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Economics, Arizona State University; Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics, Arizona State University; Masters of Arts in Economics, Texas Tech
Related Experience: Paid Mathematics and Statistics tutor at Arizona State University for two semesters; Instructor for Principles of Microeconomics at Texas Tech University for two semesters
Honors and Awards: State University Dean’s List Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2009; Arizona State University President’s Scholarship award, 2006-2010.
Hobbies:  Reading

 

Shannon Duggan
shannon.duggan@basispeoria.org  

Subjects teaching: French 1, 2 & 3
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in French; Masters of Arts in French, West Virginia University
Related Experience: Middle School and High School French Teacher, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Graduate Teaching Assistant and Part-time Instructor of French, West Virginia University, University of Missouri, University of Pittsburgh
Hobbies:  Diachronic and synchronic studies of linguistics and culture, maps, journals, floatability

 

Andrew Estes
andrew.estes@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: Religion and Philosophy, 7th Grade World History, 5th Grade Classics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Classical Studies from University of Southern Maine; Masters of Arts in Classical Studies from University of Arizona
Related Experience: University of Southern Maine Teaching Assistant, University of Arizona Graduate Teaching Assistant
Honors and Awards: Member of the Phi Sigma Lota Honor Society; University of Southern Maine College of Arts and Sciences award for “Excellence in the study of Greek”
Hobbies: HAM Radio, kayaking, biking, backpacking, video games, comic books, Dungeons and Dragons

 

Ben Finnegan
ben.finnegan@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 6th Grade-8th Grade Latin
Degree(s) Earned: Masters of Arts in Classics (Latin) with a minor in Greek from Hillsdale College (2006) Cum Laude, Ritual Scapegoat of Eta Sigma Phi Classics Honorary; Masters of Arts in Latin with a minor in Ancient Studies from Indiana University (2008); Graduate Representative to the Faculty (2008); Masters of Arts in Greek with a minor in Ancient Studies from Indiana University (2011)
Related Experience: Associate Instructor, Indiana University Department of Classical Studies: University level Language, Culture, and Etymology teaching
Hobbies:  Guitar and Poetry

 

Melissa Georgi
melissa.georgi@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 6th & 8th Grade Physics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Bio-Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (2001) Magna Cum Laude; Bachelors of Arts in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh (2001) Magna Cum Laude; Masters of Science, Stony Brook University, Biomedical Engineering (2005); Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University (2010) Related Experience:  Postdoctoral Researcher, UA College of Medicine, Phoenix: Researching the effects of gender specific hormones on cardiovascular remodeling and cardiovascular disease; Lecturer, Midwestern University: Biophysics for Nurse Anesthetists; Teaching Assistant, Stony Brook University: Fluid Dynamics and Mass Transfer, Tissue Engineering and Microfluidics
Hobbies:  Juggling, knitting, cooking, theatre arts, and spending time with the family

 

Gloria Gowan
gloria.gowan@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 7th/8th Grade Chemistry
Degree(s): Bachelors of Science in Training and Development, Grand Canyon University; Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, Arizona State University
Hobbies:  Running, cycling, hiking, quilting, reading

 

Darla Grant
darla.grant@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: AP Literature & Composition, Honors Literature, 8th Grade LEAP English
Degree(s) Earned: Masters in English Literature, Masters in Educational Technology
Certificate in Technology Integration
Related Experience: Teach Literature and Writing for University of Phoenix Online, Former Executive Editor for an e-book publishing company
Hobbies:  My hobbies include reading, traveling, reading about traveling, and reading while traveling.  I also enjoy the world of Harry Potter, Disneyworld, and fantasy fiction.  Lazy Sunday afternoons find me reading on the couch or combatting friends and family on the Wii.  “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

 

Brian Gray
brian.gray@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: Pre-Calculus AB, AP calculus BC, AP Statistics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics - Governors State University; Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education - Governors State University
Related Experience: Arizona Teaching Certificate in Secondary Mathematics-2008; Manufacturing Engineer, Ergomat, engineered the production of US products in German Machines, produced in Brazil-1992-2007
Honors and Awards: Member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society; Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
Hobbies: Diving, cooking, reading, laser tag, riding quads, playing pool and paint ball

 

Li Guan
li.guan@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 7th-12th Grade Mandarin
Degree(s) Earned: Master of Statistics from Virginia Tech (1998)
Hobbies: Traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends

 

Charlotte Hagerman
charlotte.hagerman@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: AP Biology, 6th/7th grade Biology
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education with a  minor in Reading; Masters of Science in Science Education
Related Experience: I have taught Biological and Physical Sciences in High Schools in both Idaho and Arizona since August of 2000.  I have toughed AP Biology, Biotechnology, Anatomy/Physiology, Biology, Forensic Science and Chemistry.
Honors and Awards: Round Valley High School Teacher of the Year 2012-2013
Hobbies:  Playing the guitar/singing, home improvement projects, riding horses and motorcycles, swimming and camping.

 

Megan Howe
megan.howe@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 6th/7th Grade Art Studio, Upper School AP Art History, Digital Photography
Degree(s) Earned: Masters of Art Education, Bachelors of Art History, Associates in Fine Art
Related Experience: One year BASIS Peoria 6th and 7th grade Studio Art, AP Art History; Two years Fenster Boarding School Studio Art and Yearbook Club; Center for Creative Photography in Tucson; Private print viewings and gallery tours; Shemer Museum and Art Center Summer Art Workshops; Tubac Center for the Arts Summer Art Workshops
Honors and Awards: Tau Sigma Honors Award
Hobbies: Photography, culinary arts.

 

Karl Huck
karl.huck@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 6th Grade U. S. History, 8th Grade World History
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in History; Masters of Arts in Secondary Education; Masters of Arts in History
Related Experience: six years teaching at several schools in Arizona; worked at two Lincoln historic sites in downtown Springfield
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List (1997, 1999); Graduate Student Leadership Award (2004)
Hobbies:  At home, I read Sci-fi and/or fantasy books but my reading interests vary.  I also enjoy playing computer games and watching movies when the weather is disagreeable outside, but when the weather is nice I play baseball, basketball, and pool volleyball, among other activities.  I also love hiking and camping at the numerous parks here in the American southwest.

 

Jyoti Ironwood
jyoti.ironwood@basispeoria.org

Subjects: AP Psychology, 8th Grade AP World History II
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with minor in Anthropology from Northeastern Oklahoma State University; Masters of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology with minor in Human Geography for Louisiana State University; PhD coursework in Cultural Anthropology with minor concentration in Human Geography from Arizona State University
Related Experience: conducted sociocultural research in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, Mexico and Panama; over twenty years’ experience teaching in a wide variety of Social and Behavioral Science disciplines at several colleges and universities in Arizona, Louisiana and Oklahoma; taught Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Human Geography, Geopolitical History, World History, Global Cultural Studies and Intercultural Communication; Education Curator at the West Baton Rouge Historical Museum in Louisiana and consultant for the Louisiana State Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Folk life Program as a Cultural History Researcher; six years on the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Program faculty at Stanton College Preparatory in Jacksonville, Florida. 
Hobbies: Yoga, enjoying the beauty of nature, spending time with family and friends, reading.

 

Owen Kerr
owen.kerr@basispeoria.org

Subjects: Algebra 1, Algebra 2
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theater, Arizona State University
Hobbies:  Reading, writing, role-playing games, music, light-weapons fencing

 

Nick Leonardi
nick.leonardi@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 8th Grade Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Chemistry; Masters of Art of Teaching
Related Experience: ninth year as a high school science teacher, and fifth year teaching an AP course.
Honors and Awards: Charter School Teacher of the Year finalist in 2001
Hobbies: Anything that falls onto the “nerd” end of the social spectrum.  Specifically: chess, reading, board games, science fiction, speech and debate…and my cats.

 

Marcie Longstaff
marcie.longstaff@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 5th Grade Math 7/6, 6th Grade Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Industrial Technology with a minor in Packaging from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) (1991)
Related Experience: Teacher, Deer Valley USD, Paradise Valley USD Tech Support
Hobbies: Hanging out with the family, swimming with my dogs, skiing, building stuff in the workshop, doing arts & crafts, reading, working on my computer, playing RockBand, NOTHING girly!

 

Adriana Maldonado
adriana.maldonado@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 7th/8th Grade Spanish 1
Degree(s) earned: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Autonomous University of Mexico-Mexico City
Related Experience: Spanish Teacher at International School of Arizona, Scottsdale, 2008-2010; Spanish Teacher at Phoenix Children's Academy 2010-2012; Founder and Tutor of Spanish Smarts; Sub-director of Administrative Process Re-engineering for Santader Bank-Mexico-1990-2000
Honors and Awards: Member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP); Member of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
Hobbies: Cooking, spending time with family, learning about design and decorating

 

Naomi McCavitt
naomi.mccavitt@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 5th Grade Art Studio, 7th Grade Art Studio, Upper School Art Studio
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University; Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from The San Francisco Art Institute
Related Experience: For the last five years I have taught art as a faculty member in the Art Foundation Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.  I taught Drawing Studio and Surface Research, which is a fundamentals of design course.  In addition, I worked and continue to work as a designer for the World Art Group where I create original paintings for their Old World Line of Prints.  I have shown my work all over the country in galleries such as The Lab in San Francisco, Woman Made in Chicago, ADA and Glave Kocen in Richmond, VA.  I have organized many shows and events for myself as well as groups of students or peers and plan to continue to do so here in Phoenix.
Hobbies:  Art, education and the intersections of the two, (educational art, education as an art) are my career and my hobbies!  I also like doing yoga and I am a second hand store enthusiast.

 

Bryan Meyerowitz
bryan.meyerowitz@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 7th Grade World History 1, AP European History, Cultural Theory
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in English and History, Arizona State University (2005); Masters of Arts in English, Arizona State University (2011)
Related Experience: Instructor of English, AP European History, Journalism, World Mythologies, and Creative Writing at Paradise Honors High School (2008-2011)
Honors and Awards:  University Scholarship (Fall 2002); Scholarship for Study in Florence (Summer 2004); Phi Beta Kappa (Spring 2004); Founders Day Scholarship (Spring 2005); Hebrew Excellence Award (Spring 2005); Kertzer Memorial Scholarship (Spring 2005); UCSB Teaching Fellowship (Fall 2006)
Hobbies: Plotting the restoration of the Habsburg Monarchy, eating spicy sardines from the can, preaching pacifism while playing paintball, and developing PowerPoints anywhere that Sam once shunned Green Eggs and Ham.

 

Ricki Miller
ricki.miller@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 6th/8th Grade Biology, Honors Biology
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science from DePaul University, Chicago, IL: Major-Biology, Minor-Psychology
Related Experience: I was a Medical Technologist for 16 years—First in the lab of a large hospital in Chicago.  Then, managing an Immunohematology Reference lab at Chicagoland’s Blood Center identifying blood antibodies and finding rare blood for patients.I have been teaching for 11 years and have taught Integrated Science 7, Integrated Science 9, Forensics, Biology, Honors Biology, AP Biology, Environmental Science, Zoology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemistry.
Hobbies:  Reading, swimming, leisurely hiking, gardening.

 

Rebecca Morris
rebecca.morris@basispeoria.org

Subjects: Upper School Theater, 6th/7th Grade Drama, Upper School Advanced Choir, Drama Club Advisor
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Humanities with a minor in Music from Northern Arizona University (2011)
Related Experience: Opera Singer, Phoenix Opera; Opera Singer, Arizona Opera; Private Voice Instructor

 

Piyusha Pathak
piyusha.pathak@basispeoria.org

Subjects: Calculus AB, Algebra 1
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry with a minor in English and Hindi from Dr. Harisingh Gaur University, India (1993); Bachelors of Education with a minor in Mathematics and Physics from Dr. Harisingh Gaur University, India (1995)
Related Experience: Nine years of experience in teaching Math in Middle School and High School and one year experience in teaching Physics in High School
Hobbies: Cooking, solving puzzles, listening to music

 

Merissa Remus
merissa.remus@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 6th Grade Chemistry, 8th Grade Biology
Degree(s) Earned: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University; Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Biology (Summa Cum Laude), Waynesburg University
Related Experience: Graduate Research Assistant and Mentor to Undergraduate researcher, Carnegie Mellon University; Grad Awards Judge for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Cellular and Molecular Biology Category 2012; Secretary, Sciences Teacher Club, Carnegie Mellon university, Teaching Assistant, Systems Neuroscience, Carnegie Mellon University; Teaching Assistant for Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biology Laboratories, Waynesburg University
Honors and Awards: National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellow 2012/2013; National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow 2009-2011; Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh College Chemistry Award 2007; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program Award 2006; American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award 2006; Waynesburg University Ohio Honors Merit Scholarship 2003-2007
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, aspiring to be the next MasterChef, learning about the brain, traveling with my husband, spending time with my family and dog. 

 

Xenia Schiller
xenia.schiller@basispeoria.org

Subjects teaching: 5th Grade Language Arts, 6th Grade English, 7th Grade Logic
Degree(s) Earned: MFA in Creative Writing with Distinction, University of Glasgow, Scotland; BA in Philosophy, cum laude, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Related Experience: Taught undergraduate creative writing at University of Glasgow; Taught creative writing to middle school students at Biggar Youth Project, Scotland; Background in writing in the fields of publishing, television advertising, and marketing; currently finishing work on her first book.
Honors and Awards: University of Glasgow Leadership Scholarship; Shortlist, DIAGRAM Magazine; Shortlist, Swift International Satire Competition; Shortlist, Spruce Mountain Press Short Story Competition; University of Alabama at Birmingham Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Nominee.
Hobbies: Currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Phoenix Literary Project, Four Chambers Press; writing for various literary magazines and journals, teaching creative writing to children and adults, and exploring with her dog, Lacey, the world-travelling Wonder Westie.

 

Noah Stanzione
noah.stanzione@basispeoria.org

Subjects: Latin I & II, 5th Grade Classics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Classics, Johns Hopkins; J.D. (Notre Dame)
Related Experience: Watchung Hills Regional High School, NJ (Latin 1-5;2010-2013); John Adams High School, IN Street Law; 2008
Honors and Awards: Published scholar on Roman and American constitutional law; served as editor-in-chief of journal in law school
Hobbies:  Music (trombone, piano); theater (acting, directing)

 

Lara Tartaglia
Lara.tartaglia@basispeoria.org

Subjects: English 6, Language Arts 5
Degree(s) Earned: Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Ottawa University; Bachelor of Arts in The History of Art, with a Double Minor in Classical Studies and English, Susquehanna University; Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education, English with Full SEI Endorsement 
Related Experience: Five years teaching High School English
Honors and Awards: MAEd 4.0 in Program of Study; BA Cum Laude, Departmental Honors in the History of Art, Dean's List, Sigma Tau Delta- International English Honor Society, Gully British Travel Fellowship, Regent's Scholarship 
Hobbies: Travel, it's not a vacation, it's a reason for living. Spending time with my family. Watching Sci-fi movies. Reading. 

 

Lee Tran
lee.tran@basispeoria.org

Subjects: AP U.S. History, 6th Grade U.S. History, AP United States Government & Politics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science from Brandeis University (1987); Masters of Arts in International Relations with a minor in International Business from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University (1990) Patricia Harris Fellowship
Related Experience: Adjunct Instructor, Glendale Community College
Hobbies: Aviation, photography, soccer

 

Peter Vaughan
peter.vaughan@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 7th Grade Physics, Honors Physics, AP Physics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Physics, Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy from Tulane University (2005) Cum Laude; Masters of Science in Physics from Tulane University (2006); Ph.D. in Physics with a minor in Optics from Georgia Institute of Technology (2011)
Related Experience: Three years teaching college Physics labs and problem solving courses at GA Tech, Three years private Mathematics and Physics tutoring, Two years teaching Math and Physics at BASIS Peoria
Hobbies: Crossword puzzles, poker, home brewing, stock market analysis.

 

Tim Winzeler
tim.winzeler@basispeoria.org

Subjects: Pre-Calculus AB, Algebra 2
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Business, Marketing
Hobbies: Art, music, travel, learning 

 

Addy Wojtowicz
addy.wojtowicz@basispeoria.org

Subjects: 8th Grade Spanish, Spanish I, II, & III
Degree(s) Earned: Masters of Education in Educational Technology; Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering
Related Experience: Ten years of teaching in Florida State
Honors and Awards: STAR DEN Member since 2009, SDPBC Educational Technology Learning Village Success Story, Awarded Foreign Language Scholarship to participate in a state conference, Awarded Palm Beach College Transition to Teaching (TTT) Scholarship, Nominated by Broward Community College for inclusion in the 1999 edition of Who is Who Among American Colleges, Awarded International scholarship, Broward Community College, Awarded 3rd place in Travel & Tourism Marketing at Florida DECA-Orlando
Hobbies:  Reading, classical music, aerobics and hiking

 

STAFF

 

Stacy Dragos
stacy.dragos@basispeoria.org
Interim Student Support Coordinator

 

Jayme Dunn
jayme.dunn@basispeoria.org
Special Education Coordinator, Student Support

 

Peter Hart
peter.hart@basispeoria.org
Technical Support

 

Diana Hayes
diana.hayes@basispeoria.org
Registrar and Assistant to Head of School

 

Chris Morris
Student Support Coordinator
chris.morris@basispeoria.org

 

Anya Morrison
anya.morrison@basispeoria.org
Administrative Assistant

 

Rob Patton
rob.patton@basispeoria.org
Late Bird Coordinator, Administrative Assistant

 

Melanie Roeder
melanie.roeder@basispeoria.org
Annual Teacher Fund Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Substitute Teacher

 

Becky Trower
becky.trower@basispeoria.org
Administrative Assistant

 

Elissa Villaponds
elissa.villaponds@basispeoria.org
Assistant to the Head of Operations

 

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