Ms. Cushman, a true Renaissance woman, very much intrigued us when we shadowed her around BASIS Independent Brooklyn for a day. After graduating from Brown University, she pursued a career in writing and art before coming to the realization that she loved teaching. Not surprisingly, paintings liven up the walls in her classroom, and included in this blog post are photos of her creations on display for students.
A Day in the Life
Early Morning (7:25 a.m.)
Most mornings Ms. Cushman greets students and helps younger children out of cars on Sigourney Street. She wanted to make it a point of saying 'thank you' to the parents who consistently drive as far up Sigourney as possible before dropping off their child to make sure there is enough room for all the cars.
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Ms. Cushman has time to prepare for her upcoming 9th grade honors English class. She typically goes through lessons prepared ahead of time and takes stock of her classroom to make sure seats are in order and students have a clean, organized work area.
Jean Witthoft brings more than a decade worth of experience in education operations to her new role as Head of Operations at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. Most recently, she led business operations at Brighton College for both the Abu Dhabi and Al Ain campuses, which are two of the region's leading, private British Curriculum Schools serving students aged 3 to 18. Prior to Brighton College, Jean held leadership positions at well-established schools in United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia overseeing operations and technology education.
"Jean's deep operations experience with top-ranked, private schools makes her an ideal addition to our team," said Head of School Hadley Ruggles. "We are lucky to have found someone who knows what it takes to run all aspects of schools serving preschool to high school students."
According to the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), the number of Civil Engineering clubs like the one at sister school BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has doubled in the United States in the last year. But recently, the ASCE took notice of the amazing accomplishments happening in Engineering teacher Dr. Amin Ghafooripour's Civil Engineering Club, so they sat down with him to learn more about how he is leading the charge and inspiring the next generation of inventors and engineers.
This school year marks the first year of our College Counseling deparment as our early high school students start thinking about their next steps after BASIS Independent Brooklyn. We're pleased to introduce to you Mr. Brauch (pronounced "brock"), our first-ever College Counselor.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.