Corey Hartman advocates for both content mastery and the development of minds that are open and know how to learn. Her goal in the classroom has always been to cultivate confidence and the aptitude to tackle any subject with discipline and agility. At BASIS Flagstaff since it opened in 2011, Ms. Hartman has worn several hats-teacher, college counselor, Director of Student Affairs, and now Head of School. Her hope is that these experiences have expanded her capacity to relate to others and to ensure that teachers and students have the support they need to excel in the rigorous curriculum BASIS Flagstaff offers. After all, supporting others is really what her job as Head of School is all about. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education, and a Ph.D. in History. Her door is always open to the BASIS Flagstaff community and she looks forward to another successful year!
Jana Aukon is going into her second year as Head of Operation. As a child, growing up in Riga, Latvia, she was exposed to a rigorous education and high academic standards that were met with outstanding student achievement. Jana believes in the BASIS philosophy of high expectations, engaged learning, and student accountability, to achieve a world-class education. She is thrilled to have both of her daughters, in grades 8 and 11, attending BASIS Flagstaff this year. Prior to working at BASIS, Jana attended Northern Arizona University where she earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Studio Art. She also spent 5 months studying in Puerto Rico. Upon graduating, Jana taught Russian language and 4th grade, and was involved with various youth programs in the community. She recently completed a Masters of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with an emphasis in Global Studies, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jana is now in her 7th year at BASIS Flagstaff and is excited to continue serving her school community. She enjoys working with the families, students and staff, in building a culture of success and citizenship.
Lisa McDonough is excited to begin her fifth year with BASIS Flagstaff. Before transitioning to be the Director of Academic Programs, Lisa taught upper school biology and seminar classes. She comes from a family of educators and has instructed both formal and informal education programs for over 20 years. Lisa values education and considers herself a lifelong student after obtaining her BS from Mississippi University for Women, MS from the University of Maryland, and PhD (ABD) from the University of Arizona.
Ms. Vaughan graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Arkansas. Go Hogs Go! She has a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA and at the U.S. Geological Survey, Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff, AZ for 7 years. She has worked as a member of both the science and engineering teams responsible for the rovers’ daily operations and scientific research. Throughout her scientific career Ms. Vaughan participated in numerous education and public outreach projects with students in both Pasadena and Flagstaff regarding the robotic exploration and scientific discoveries of Mars. Ms. Vaughan joined BASIS in 2011 teaching Physical Geography and Robotics, was College Counselor for two years, and is now our Director of Student Affairs.