As the year progresses, we look forward to sharing with you a number of exciting staff additions (and student additions, of course!). We're excited to share the news that Taylor Connor is joining us as an Early Learning Program teacher for fall 2016. Read more about her below:

Taylor Connor is thrilled to be a part of the Early Learning Program teaching staff for its inaugural year at BASIS Independent Brooklyn.

Taylor_Pic.jpgMs. Connor received both her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood education (birth-6th grade) and her Master’s degree in Special Education (birth-6th grade) from Plattsburgh State University. Graduating magna cum laude from her Master’s program, she was also an active member of the Kappa Delta Phi honor society. Throughout her coursework, she taught students in grades Kindergarten-5th grade, benefitting greatly from seeing the immediate real life applications of her studies.

Ms. Connor joined BASIS Independent Brooklyn after teaching preschool in a fours classroom where she found her passion for early learning and discovery, and honed in on shifting her focus to early childhood education. “I have a passion for being in the preschool classroom, where students are eager to explore and discover," she shares. "My main goals in the classroom are to foster positive peer relationships, help students engage in early learning practice, and create an atmosphere for an enriching experience.”

Ms. Connor started at BASIS Independent Brooklyn as a 1st grade Learning Expert Teacher (LET) but is excited to transition to our Early Learning Program. “I believe that our PreK program will give BASIS Independent students a strong foundation for academic success.”

When not in the classroom, Ms. Connor loves exploring different neighborhoods and taking long walks in Central and Prospect Park. She also looks forward to weekends upstate, where she hikes and enjoys what nature has to offer!

Ms. Connor's students will certainly miss her next year and have nothing but positive thoughts for her as she transitions next year to our Early Learning Program. One dad shared, "Ms. Connor has done such a wonderful job balancing my daughter's academic and social-emotional needs.  Within days she knew her strengths and challenges and the learning styles which would work for her as an individual.  She is positive, warm, loving and nurturing, all wrapped into one and is a large part of the reason my daughter couldn't wait to come to school every day."

As for what her students think of her? A first-grader said, "she is a really nice teacher and always has great ideas when I need help or when people need help. I have a  younger sister coming to BASIS next year for preschool. I would say to her 'Lilly, this is my teacher last year, you will have a great year with her."