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June 27, 2022

Meet the Staff: Mr. Henriquez, Director of Student Affairs

JOSHUA_HENRIQUEZ copyWe are so excited to announce our first member of the Student Affairs Team for the new BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower Campus! Mr. Joshua Henriquez will be joining as the Director of Student Affairs for our new campus for the 2022 - 2023 school year. 

Mr. Henriquez has years of experience in and out of the classroom. He originally joined BASIS Independent Schools as a teacher before transitioning to Dean of Students for the Middle School at our Upper School Campus. 

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, sat down with Mr. Henriquez to ask all the questions that we know our new families are excited to have answered!


Mr. Henriquez, we are so excited to have you join our new lower school campus. When did you originally join BASIS Independent Schools?

I joined BISV in 2018 because I was attracted to the acclaimed reputation of BINS schools. Two factors were key in bringing me to a BINS school: teacher autonomy and student achievement. As a classroom teacher, I found the model of teacher autonomy appealing. It was refreshing to hear that while there were of course curriculum standards to reach, teachers had the freedom to choose how they reached those standards. The achievements of BISV students were also a huge draw for me. I was impressed that students at BISV were able to consistently outperform their peers in both national and international metrics.

I began my time at BISV as a Teaching Fellow before teaching middle school history for three years. Teaching here opened my eyes even more to just how impressive our students and faculty are. Grade level and departmental meetings exposed me to a wealth of experience and knowledge from other teachers that general training could not provide. I also had the opportunity to be the advisor for a variety of clubs and even coached our middle school basketball teams in a winning season. I always appreciate opportunities to support our Bobcats outside of the classroom and see them excel in areas of passion.

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June 8, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Dr. Singh, Math and Science SET

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We are very excited to add another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Dr. Shalini Singh will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Math and Science Subject Expert Teacher.

Dr. Singh has over a decade of experience working with students, an impressive educational background, and a particular passion for math and science! 

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Dr. Singh and is excited to help all our new families get to know her better!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! How does it feel to join a new team for the new campus?

I am very excited to be a part of the founding faculty at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School. I am confident that with my wealth of teaching experience I will hit the ground running. As a founding member, I feel that we have a lot of freedom to be creative in deciding the best tools and techniques to be used to impart effective education to our students. It is not only a great privilege and honor but also a rare opportunity to showcase my full professional skill set as I contribute to shaping the future of this new campus.

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May 23, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Hetu, Art and STEM SET

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We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Sarah Hetu will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as an Art and STEM Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Hetu joins us from the Lake Tahoe area where at her current school she is the Director of Visual Arts. Her years of experience range from teaching Pre-School to AP Art courses! 

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to speak with Ms. Hetu and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!

 

Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! How does it feel to join a new team for the new campus?

I am so excited to join the team! Being a part of a new school is very exciting. I look forward to starting new traditions, cultivating a healthy school culture, and, in my case, building a wonderful creative space for the Fine Arts Program.

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May 16, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Bhatnagar, Engineering SET

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We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Pragya Bhatnagar will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as an Engineering Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Bhatnagar joins us with a variety of Engineering experiences – both in and out of the classroom.  In addition to her time working in the field, Ms. Bhatnagar has spent the last several years developing STEAM programs in several different schools throughout her local school district.

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Ms. Bhatnagar and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! What are you most looking forward to in this new position?

I am thrilled to be part of the SVL founding team. One of the things I am passionate about is nurturing future innovators. I am really looking forward to engaging the student community with a hands-on engineering curriculum that is specially crafted for younger kids to help them build creative confidence, gain 21st-century skills, and innovate fearlessly. I believe there are no right or wrong answers. Every engineering problem has many possible solutions and multiple ways to reach those solutions. What is important at the end of each experience is not the success or failure of the project but the journey and critical thinking skills learned on the way. At the core of my philosophy is the idea that it's ok to fail, then learn from it and try again. Not to mention that I look forward to the students having a blast which helps them learn and retain knowledge for longer.

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May 9, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Zhang, Music SET

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We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Rita Zhang will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Music Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Zhang has 25 years of musical experience in and out of the classroom. She is a composer, choreographer, performer, and passionate teacher of all things music. 

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, spoke with Ms. Zhang and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! What are you most looking forward to in this new position?

I am super excited to become a founding faculty member at BISV! I can't wait to start my new journey at the lower school. I am looking forward to embracing the challenges and possibilities of this new campus and I hope to use my musical skills as well as my teaching skills to bring even more innovations to the BASIS Curriculum and more fun to the music lessons there.

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May 2, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Coyne, Physical Education SET

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We are very excited to add another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Melanie Coyne will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Physical Education Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Coyne has a personal passion for health and physical education. She also has extensive experience in coaching, recruiting, and organizing sporting events.

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Ms. Coyne and is excited to help all our new families get to know her better!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! How does it feel to join a new team for the new campus?

I’m extremely excited to join the BASIS Independent family. I’ve already had a few interactions with some staff members and they’ve been very welcoming.

I’ve also heard amazing things about BASIS Independent Students as well and I can’t wait to meet them and get to work!

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April 8, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Wang, Mandarin SET

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We are very excited to announce another fantastic Subject Expert Teacher to our team at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! Ms. Aries Wang will be joining our teaching faculty for the 2022-2023 school year as a Mandarin Subject Expert Teacher.

Ms. Wang joins us with a variety of diverse teaching experiences and a passion for encouraging a love of Chinese heritage and culture.

Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, had a chance to meet with Ms. Wang and is excited to help all our new families get to know her!


Congratulations, on being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School! What are you most looking forward to in this new position?

I am filled with honor and excitement being a founding faculty member at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower School. Even though we are a few months away from the first day of school, I have already been visualizing my new journey with our students at BISV. As Mandarin is a compulsory subject for Lower School from Transitional Kindergarten to Grade 4, I am genuinely looking forward to making learning Mandarin an interactive and innovative adventure through curriculum, interdisciplinary projects, and activities. We are going to have so much fun together!

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March 28, 2022

Meet the Staff: Ms. Than, Director of Academic Programs

ANH_THAN copyWe 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!

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March 23, 2022

Meet the Staff: Ms. Liu, Head of Operations

CINDY_LIU copyWe 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!

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March 1, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Dr. Ubellacker, LET

BUbellacker HeadShotWe 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!

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