Posts about Subject Expert Teacher

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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January 28, 2022

Meet the Teacher: Ms. Small, Math and Science SET

Small, TaylorWe 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. 

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October 27, 2021

The Symbiotic Classroom: SET and LET Partnership

Unlike the traditional self-contained classroom led by one teacher, or one teacher and an aide, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley students in Grades 1 - 4 will benefit from the expertise of multiple full-time teachers, one of whom follows the students as they move between classrooms throughout the day. Students thus have two full-time, qualified teachers in each core class, resulting in a uniquely robust classroom environment.

BASIS Independent Schools philosophy towards teaching, also known as pedagogy, is one of autonomy. The balance between autonomy in the classroom and shared accountability is what maintains academic quality control across all schools. Subjects to be taught and standards for the scope and sequence of instruction in that subject are set through the BASIS Curriculum, but pedagogic autonomy is given to teachers to develop innovative ways to meet and exceed these standards.  

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February 26, 2021

Outside the Classroom: The Engineering of a Sound Cloak

Gerges, SamerDr. Gerges, one of our fantastic Math Subject Expert Teachers, contributed to a paper that has been published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He worked on the publication, Broadband Acoustic Broadband Lens Design Using the Principle of Reciprocity and Gradient-Based Optimization, with colleagues from both San Jose State University and Rutgers University.

We caught up with Dr. Gerges to congratulate him on this fantastic achievement, and also to ask him a few questions about his field. An explanation of the research was also in order, as it’s quite a complex topic.

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December 11, 2019

The Middle School Program Pt 2: World-Class Teachers

“It makes a huge difference to have teachers who are passionate about the subjects they are teaching in every class. It makes you more excited to learn!” –Sophie, BASIS Independent McLean 

BASIS Independent Schools raises the standards of student learning to the highest international levels through our advanced, globally benchmarked curriculum. However, our schools are only able to achieve such incredible outcomes thanks to our passionate expert teachers—not just because they teach with expertise, but because each one inspires students to truly love learning. Good luck asking any of our students who their favorite teacher or class is; they will usually answer, “all of them!”

When our students enter the Middle School Program in grade 5 at BASIS Independent Schools, they leave behind the two-teacher model that defines grades 1–4 and are solely led by Subject Expert Teachers (SETs). Focused on high-level mastery, SETs are the shepherds of academic content; they have real-life experience in the discipline they teach, and often even hold advanced degrees in the field.

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