We are proud to announce Ms. Lauren Fisher recently joined our BASIS Independent Brooklyn team as Dean of Students for Grades 5–7. Ms. Fisher brings a wealth of experience to this new role supporting student academic and social-emotional growth at our growing middle school.
After attending our network-wide training in Arizona in July, Ms. Fisher had a chance to settle into her new office and meet up with our communications team. We had the chance to ask her some questions, so our families could get to know her better.
Tell us about your background and what brought you to BASIS Independent Brooklyn.
Dean Fisher: I moved to Brooklyn in 2009 from Missouri in pursuit of a new adventure, broadening my horizons and living closer to my sister. It was during this early time in New York that I made the decision to go back to school to pursue my master’s degree in education, specializing in school counseling. My two and a half years in graduate school were challenging, but it was also some of the most rewarding work I had ever done. I knew that I had found my true passion and was so elated at each chance I had to dive deeper into the field of counseling.
I had the pleasure of spending my first two years working in education at Brooklyn's P.S. 58, as a counseling intern and later as an interim guidance counselor. I loved working with the K–5 population. From there, I went on to continue broadening my experience by working in the college counseling office at Beacon High School where I got to learn about the college process and assist high school students during this transitional time.
Most recently, I had the opportunity to change gears completely and try my hand as an Academic Advisor in the CUNY Start program at Borough of Manhattan Community College. It is a developmental program for students who need support passing their remedial classes in order to matriculate into college. I learned and grew so much as a professional during this time, as I had the opportunity to collaborate with students, teachers, and other support personnel to ensure my students’ success in the college setting.
I am thankful for each experience I have had in education, because each one has allowed me the chance to connect with students and their families. I learn something new every day from my students and for that I am grateful. I am so excited to join the BASIS Independent Brooklyn team and work with middle school students. Transitional ages are my favorite, as there is so much growth and exploration happening. I look forward to being a positive role model and working with families to make this a wonderful year for all of our students!
There is a pretty large team of professionals at the school, can you help parents understand when they would contact you during the school year?
DF: Collaboration is the key to success. I look at education through a holistic lens and believe each student learns best when all the key stakeholders are invested and the lines of communication are kept open. It is extremely important to me to build collaborative relationships with all of my students’ families to ensure that each student’s needs are being met and they are being challenged during their time at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. Parents should feel free to reach out to me at any point in the year, whether they are having concerns about their child or just want to bounce ideas off of me. I am happy to connect at any point, so parents should not hesitate to reach out!
What first sparked your interest in education?
DF: I have always felt a strong connection to children since I was very young. I love the way their inquisitive minds work, their hunger for learning, and how they question without hesitation. Working in education means every day is going to be different. Every student is unique, so they are going to learn differently, and think differently, which means every day is exciting! I love getting to be a part of a child’s learning process. The most rewarding part of education is when you successfully challenge yourself to think outside the box in order to reach a child, and it works! I consider myself very lucky to build a student’s trust and be a part of their educational journey.
Please join us in welcoming Dean Fisher to our community!