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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 11, 2021

Top 10 Questions Asked Every Admissions Season

Every admissions season we field hundreds of questions about the admissions process, our program, the transition, student life, electives, extracurriculars, and so much more! 

While we are happy to speak to every one of our families, we notice the same questions being asked consistently. 

Keep reading below to learn more about the top ten questions asked every admissions season. 

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April 13, 2021

Dean of Students Series: Part 3

BIO - Mr. Brady

Mr. Brady received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Middlebury College during which he had the opportunity to study abroad at Cambridge University. He then completed a Masters of Arts in Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

He joined BASIS Independent Silicon Valley in 2015 as part of the founding faculty. He spent three years in the World Language department teaching Latin, then spent two years teaching in the Monterey Bay Area, before returning home to BASIS Independent Silicon Valley (BISV) as a member of the administration.

As the Dean of Students for grades 10-12 and the Senior Projects Coordinator, Mr. Brady is an integral part of the Student Support Team. He offers workshops and both emotional and academic support to high school students, and acts as an advisor to our seniors who choose to participate in the Senior Project. Mr. Brady can often be found engaging in spirited discourse with students, and is always available for a lunchtime board game tournament.

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January 22, 2021

Dean of Students Series: Part 2

Angkham, Che

Ms. Angkham received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University. While pursuing her academics, she also helped build schools in Mexico, provided Katrina Relief to residents of New Orleans, and presented at various academic conferences throughout the country.

After college, she found her love of teaching and was a classroom teacher for grade 1 and grades 5 - 8. After a decade of being in the classroom, she’s ready for her next adventure: supporting students’ academics and overall well-being as a Dean of Students!

“I love that BASIS Independent Silicon Valley provides the students with so many opportunities,” she says, “and I’m so excited to be a part of their developmental years in which they are learning, growing, and becoming wonderful human beings.”

How would you describe your position to a new incoming student and parent?

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October 16, 2020

Dean of Students Series: Part 1

Kaminski, MonicaMs. Kaminski graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts in History where her focus was on human rights. Later, she received her Master of Science degree in Professional School Counseling from Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York.

As Dean of Students for Grades 5 - 7 at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, her goal is to inspire and help students discover the skills they need in order to be successful. She enjoys working at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley because teachers, staff, and students are excited to be here, “The overall environment is very welcoming and fun!” In addition, she appreciates that the culture of the school is to engage students in learning and to celebrate their achievements.

Her educational philosophy is the one that reflects the whole child approach, “I believe all students should be in a learning environment that promotes and encourages inclusiveness, safety, engagement, but also challenges.


How would you describe your position to a new incoming student and parent?

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