Ms. De Leon joined BASIS Independent Brooklyn as an Early Learning Program STEM/Engineering teacher as well as Gr. 4 grade Math Subject Expert Teacher. This past year Ms. De Leon was a part of the founding faculty at our Lower School Campus, and she now steps into the role of Director of Student Affairs there.
Tell us more about your work day to day on campus, so families understand the role of the Director of Student Affairs.
You have two kids, one who is a rising student in Gr. 1 and the other who will be in Kindergarten this fall. Why did you decide to send both of your children to BASIS Independent Brooklyn?
Selena and AJ have always had a natural love of learning so I knew that they would benefit from the solid academic program that BASIS Independent Brooklyn offers. I feel attending BASIS Independent is an opportunity for them to be appropriately challenged in core classes but also be immersed in a classroom that nurtures the whole child through the specials curriculum (STEM, Mandarin, Movement, Drama, and Music).
As a young girl, I was bored in my primary school classrooms. It wasn’t until I went to an Ivy League school for college that I was suddenly surrounded by people that had an intellectual curiosity that resonated with me. For my children, I want them to have every opportunity to explore their potential, especially during these foundational years.
What are some of your goals for our Lower School in the year ahead? Any insights into traditions or programs you hope to start?
How did you hear about BASIS Independent Brooklyn, and why did you decide to first teach here?
Why do you do what you do - what motivates you to pursue a career in education more broadly?
Thank you to Ms. De Leon for inspiring our students each day.
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