As the first day of our inaugural school year approaches, we're thrilled to unveil to you the team that will make up the founding faculty and staff of BASIS Independent Manhattan. We're pleased to introduce to you Stephen Smith, Subject Expert Teacher: Art.


Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Art Education Certificate from the University of Iowa. Since 2013, he has been teaching art to young children, and moved to New York City in 2015 to join the Jamaica Stephen Smith.jpgCenter for Arts and Learning as the Education Associate.


As a Subject Expert Teacher, Mr. Smith’s goal is to "create an environment that allows students to become the architects of their own education, and that fosters their love for learning."


When he is not in the classroom, Mr. Smith is in the studio sharing his passion for pottery with a Wednesday after-school ceramic workshop for kindergarten-6th grade students.


An avid sports fan, Mr. Smith enjoys biking, the outdoors, cooking, and finding great food with his partner Lindsay.


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