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May 23, 2016

Meet Our Faculty and Staff: Alex Chen, Mandarin Subject Expert Teacher


Alex Chen is a bona fide language enthusiast! Prior to joining our teaching staff he taught Mandarin at PS 9 and PS 166, and worked with QTalk Publishing to develop the QTalk method being used worldwide to teach many languages, including in BASIS Independent Brooklyn classrooms.
Having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering from Shanghai University in China in 2009, he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering with a full scholarship from the same university in 2012.

Between undergraduate and graduate study, Mr. Chen volunteered for one year in Tibet, teaching Mandarin and math, organizing cultural events, and administering community surveys. "The volunteering experience made me realize that I receive great joy from helping others and being an educator. And I have always been passionate about learning languages.

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May 11, 2016

Meet Our Faculty and Staff: Stella Moon, Early Learning Program Teacher

STELLA_MOON.pngBASIS Independent Brooklyn offers a warm welcome to seasoned New York City educator, Stella Moon, who joins our founding Early Learning Program faculty!

Stella Moon's life passion is working with early learners; she brings to BASIS Independent Brooklyn over two decades of experience working with children from ages 2 to 5. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology at Hunter College in New York City. She then completed a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College (and graduated with a perfect grade point average!). She holds New York State Professional Certification in Birth through 2nd Grade. 

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May 2, 2016

Meet Our Faculty and Staff: Brian Bissinger, 3rd Grade Learning Expert Teacher

Brian Bissinger is a 3rd grade Learning Expert Teacher originally from Long Island, New York. He received his Bachelor's degree in Childhood Education, grades 1-6, from Long Island University. Prior to BASIS Independent Brooklyn, he taught 2nd grade in Cobble Hill for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic school years. From 2012-13, he taught 5th grade math in Harlem and prior to that post, from 2010-12, he taught 6th to 8th grade Special Education in Elwood, New York.

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January 20, 2016

The Art & Science of Teaching: The BASIS Independent Faculty Video

We are excited to unveil to you the fruits of a couple of non-stop days in October - our BASIS Independent videos! Back in December, we shared with you our first video in the series, our BASIS Independent Parent Video. Check out the BASIS Independent Parent Video here. 

Here's a refresher on the project: Over the course of three days, we filmed three separate videos: one about the family experience with our school, the teacher perspective on what it's like to work here, and the student perspective on what it is like to learn here. We love these videos and hope you do, too.

They are raw, spur of the moment, unscripted reflections of what it's like to be a part of the BASIS Independent community.

They breathe life into Education Redefined and demonstrate what happens when you combine an accelerated, rigorous curriculum with exceptional, expert educators in an environment of support and deep respect for the art and science of learning.

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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.

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