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 Physics Subject Expert Teacher, Sheba Samuel.


Born and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Samuel completed her Bachelor's degree in Physics, with a minor in Chemistry, from Messiah College. During undergrad, she worked as a physics lab grader, was an executive on the student activities board, and a resident assistant. As a student, she was also able to participate in several service trips, including visits to Nicaragua and Kenya. 

After graduating, Ms. Samuel began her teaching career at a charter school in Sheba Samuel.jpgNewark, NJ where she taught physics to 9th graders. Between 2015 and 2017, she continued her education at Teachers College, Columbia University, receiving a Master’s degree in Teaching (Physics K-12). While in graduate school, Ms. Samuel also worked as a Resident Director at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. 

Ms. Samuel chose to become part of the BASIS Independent family because she wholeheartedly believes in the BASIS Independent philosophy that all students are capable of working hard and being active participants in their own learning experience. As the 6th grade Physics teacher, Ms. Samuel’s goals include increasing student’s scientific literacy through classroom instruction, lab activities, and problem solving. 

Outside of the classroom, Ms. Samuel enjoys playing the piano, taking long road trips, watching college basketball, and learning trivia (so that she can one day be on Jeopardy!).

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