BASIS Baton Rouge head of school, Roberto Ramirez

Roberto Ramirez

Head of School

This is Roberto Ramirez’s tenth year working for the BASIS Curriculum Schools. Since 2008, he has worked as an AP Spanish Teacher, College Counselor, Upper School Director, and Head of School. During his tenure as Upper School Director at BASIS Tucson and BASIS Tucson North, both schools were recognized as Top 10 schools in the U.S. by The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and Newsweek.

When BASIS Tucson Primary opened in 2013, Mr. Ramirez was eager to take part in the innovative, groundbreaking project of establishing the first primary program for the BASIS Curriculum Schools. Without a doubt, his leadership and stewardship have made BASIS Tucson Primary a model in elementary education for Arizona and the rest of the country. After four short years, BASIS Tucson Primary has become one of the top-performing schools in Arizona: students consistently outperform their peers from similar schools in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. on the International Schools Assessment.

Mr. Ramirez is excited and honored to be able to provide students and families in Baton Rouge with the well-rounded, world-class education that characterizes the BASIS Curriculum Schools. He is passionate about student achievement and about giving as many students as possible access to a free and high-quality education. Mr. Ramirez would like to instill in his students the belief that learning is not a chore, but rather a lifelong adventure. Mr. Ramirez received his degree in Business Administration and Economics from Universidad del Sol.

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Debbie O'Connor

Head of Operations

Debbie comes to BASIS Baton Rouge with about 18 years of experience in managing nonprofits and a small business. She was most recently the Executive Director of Up Alliance, a Baton Rouge area nonprofit dedicated to promoting literacy and adult education. Prior to her work with Up Alliance, Debbie served as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center, an organization that coordinated the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse. In both of these roles, Debbie had the unique privilege of being hired as the first Executive Director for organizations developed as the result of the community identifying pressing needs, and rallying around common goals.

Before managing nonprofits, Debbie owned a small business that provided computer instruction to children ages three to 12. When she ran this business, Debbie most enjoyed the spark that can be seen in the eyes of children as they learn and master new skills.  She sees education as the foundation for every strong community, and believes that this starts with instilling in children a love of learning, and a drive to achieve. Debbie looks forward to being a part of the BASIS Curriculum Schools network and giving the children of Baton Rouge access to a world-class education that encourages, challenges, and excites.

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