We are so excited to announce the Director of Academic Programs, Ms. Anh Than, for our new Lower School Campus for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
Ms. Than is currently the Dean of Students for Grades 10 - 12 at our Upper School as well as our Senior Project Coordinator. Prior to joining the Support Team, she served as the Curriculum Coordinator on the Academic Programs team.
Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, sat down with Ms. Than to ask all the questions that we know our new families are excited to have answered!
Ms. Than, new families are so excited to learn more about you and your role at the Lower School! Please provide us with a quick introduction.
Of course! I am originally from Vietnam. At the age of 13, my parents made the difficult decision for us to start a new journey to America. Leaving my childhood home was difficult, and Vietnam will forever be in my heart, but I am also blessed to call the Bay Area my second home.
This challenging experience taught me one of the most important lessons I have ever learned, which is to adapt and always move forward in life. After high school, I went on to receive my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Jose State University. A memorable part of my college experience was participating in a research project at the Stanford Graduate School of Education as a research assistant! Over the years, I've learned to embrace unexpected adventures as life is always changing. As I think about moving to our new campus next year, I look forward to the many new challenges and experiences that it will bring!
We are so excited to announce Ms. Cindy Liu, our current Head of Operations at the Upper School, will be expanding her role as she oversees both the Lower and Upper School campuses.
Ms. Liu has years of school operational experience and has already been working behind the scenes with the opening of our new campus. We are excited to finally announce this new addition to our administration team for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, sat down with Ms. Liu and asked all the questions that we know our new families are excited to have answered!
Ms. Liu, our Upper School families already know you so well. Please introduce yourself to our new incoming families for BISV Lower.
Hello Bobcat Families! My name is Cindy Liu and I am the Head of Operations for both BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Upper and Lower School. I have called the Bay Area home for the past 10 years. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business, my Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, and my Masters in Education Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. And I recently became a mom to my beautiful daughter Carli!
BASIS Independent Schools are characterized by creativity and spirit, and they are driven by best practices from the top educational systems in the world. As our private schools branch out across the U.S. and the world, one secret to maintaining excellence network-wide rests in our central Curriculum Team. These professionals work tirelessly to assess data across schools with a shared goal - to improve student outcomes deliberately, quickly, and meaningfully.
Currently BASIS Independent Schools educate students in Brooklyn, NY; Fremont, CA; McLean, VA; Manhattan, NY; and San Jose, CA. New campuses will open this fall in Bellevue, WA and Sunnyvale, CA. Our world-acclaimed curriculum taught by subject expert teachers draws families to the schools; however, a key strength that is not as well understood rests in our private school network’s ability and commitment to using data to improve continually, rather than rest on our reputation for excellence, particularly given our rapidly evolving world.
“It is critical that we have a continuity of excellence at BASIS Independent Schools,” said Toby Walker, Vice President of BASIS Independent Schools. “That we hold ourselves to high standards, and that we learn from each other as school leaders and teachers across our network. The data around academic outcomes inform this approach; the collaboration among our teachers and administrators is based in large part on taking advantage of the insights our data provides. We take seriously our responsibility to act on these insights to improve our students’ experience.”
BASIS Independent Schools are known for offering a robust curriculum that is internationally benchmarked. Subject Expert Teachers and highly motivated and curious students make the classroom a very special place. In the midst of engaging lectures, spirited discussions, and hands-on practice; our faculty have an additional item in their toolbox—Office Hours. Office Hours have long been celebrated at BISV, but what they are and how they are structured has not always be clearly defined.
We are so excited to announce our first Learning Expert Teacher (LET) for the new BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower Campus! Dr. Bailey Ubellacker will be joining the teaching faculty for our new Lower School Campus for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
Dr. Ubellacker has global experience as a teacher, tutor, and coach. Her teaching experience has taken her from her home in Kentucky to Spain, Costa Rica, Japan, and even New Zealand!
Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Dr. Ubellacker and ask all the questions that we know our new families are excited to have answered!
Dr. Ubellacker, we are so excited to announce you as our first LET for the new school! How excited are you to be jumping into this new position?
I am thrilled to be a founding educator at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower Campus, and I know this upcoming school year will be filled with adventure, learning, smiles, and growth. As a life-long learner, I seek environments that support challenges, encourage creativity, and push the limits of innovative learning–all elements that our school mission and structure exhibit! I am eager to begin building school-community relationships. Together we will create traditions, decorate the walls with our art and accomplishments, and cheer on one another as our students reach their goals and milestones. But most of all, I am excited to meet our students and their families!
We are just months away from opening our brand new BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower Campus and we are already busy finalizing the new playground!
Ms. Brooklynn Titus, our Head of School, has loved working with our construction and design teams over the last few months to finalize the playground design. We couldn't be more thrilled to share these renderings with our future Bobcats, and hope you are as excited as we are!
Keep reading below to learn about some of the specific design elements in the new playground area opening this fall.
We are so excited to announce our first teacher for the new BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower Campus! Ms. Taylor Small, a current BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Subject Expert Math Teacher, will be joining the teaching faculty for our new Lower School Campus for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
Ms. Small has a long history of math and science teaching experience within our BASIS Curriculum Schools and we are so proud to be having her join our new school this fall.
Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to sit down with Ms. Small and ask all the questions that we know our new families are excited to have answered!
How does it feel to be a founding teacher? Are you ready for this adventure?!
I love new adventures! I've been waiting, like many of our families, for a Lower School to open in the South Bay for years. Teaching younger students really has been my personal passion since I first began teaching and, though I have greatly enjoyed teaching at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Upper School for the past few years, I am so excited about my move to our new Lower School Campus.
I was also a part of the founding faculty at BASIS Independent Fremont Lower when it opened in 2016 and it was such a great experience getting to meet a new bunch of students and work with the faculty to set up classrooms, procedures, and traditions.
2021 has been quite a year! We regularly publish articles on student life, our community, school accomplishments, and more to both celebrate and highlight our Bobcat community. From college acceptance information to Mandarin in the Lower School, read on to review the Top 5 most-read blog posts of 2021.
We look forward to 2022, and what our amazing community will accomplish in the next year.
When families begin learning about our Early Learning and Primary programs, they often ask us the same question: “Why do you teach Mandarin to all your students?"
Mandarin is a required part of our curriculum from Transitional Kindergarten to Grade 4 because Mandarin provides our early learners with the opportunity to engage both sides of their brains, provides students with visual and artistic stimulation, and promotes the development of interdisciplinary thought and analysis.
Several school years ago, a group of Bobcats started a student run text book exchange. We have written about them before, and shared how much they helped several schools in the under funded Alum Rock School District. The founders have since graduated, but The Book Exchange has remained a strong tradition on campus. Cue to 2020, and many lower income families are struggling even more than in a non-pandemic year, and any support for education related activities is more important than ever before. When everything went remote, our Bobcats rose to the challenge: operations went online, bags of text books were dropped off via gloved hands, and masked students counted and organized stacks of books.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Silicon Valley is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.