Jen Neal is delighted to begin her role as Head of School at BASIS San Antonio Medical Center. She joined the BASIS family in 2014 as a fifth grade English teacher at BASIS Phoenix. She then facilitated the opening of a primary school as Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Prescott. This summer, she will be helping launch the new primary school at the Medical Center campus.
In the decade prior to her time with BASIS, Ms. Neal taught IB English at international schools in Thailand and Belgium. Having a full blown case of wanderlust, she visited over thirty countries during this time, including the Galapagos, Iceland, and Myanmar. Ms. Neal earned her B.A. in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, her teaching certification with English concentration from North Park University and University of Chicago, and her M.Ed. in Leadership and Management from Open University, U.K.
After teaching in public and private schools, here and abroad, she knows that BASIS delivers a world-class education, so Ms. Neal is excited to bring the BASIS primary program to Texas.
Jennifer Meredith came to BASIS San Antonio Medical Center in 2013 in its opening year. As Head of Operations, she manages the facilities, operations, logistics, accounting/finance, human resources, project management and event planning. Although she works closely with the staff and faculty, you can see her helping students with lockers, planning dances and running the Annual Teacher Fund. Jennifer has extensive experience in human resources and operations management. She managed a contracting company for 9 years as the HR/Office Manager and worked in the medical field in finance prior to that. Jennifer loves to help in all aspects of the school to include working with the Academic Team. She feels it is important to have a hand in all aspects of the school to coordinate successful operations. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Texas Women’s University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas.
America Palmer first joined the BASIS team in 2016 as Dean of Students at BASIS San Antonio Medical Center. Mrs. Palmer is excited to transition to her role as Director of Student Affairs and is eager to help create an enriching school community and culture at BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center.
Before finding BASIS, Mrs. Palmer worked as a contracted bilingual speech therapist assistant for various school districts in San Antonio and surrounding areas. In 2013, she began working as the Director and College Counselor for The Center for Academic Excellence at Antonian College Preparatory High School. During her time at Antonian, Mrs. Palmer developed programs to promote student academic success and college readiness. Mrs. Palmer brought with her a wealth of experience, having worked as grade level head, college counselor and school administrator.
Mrs. Palmer earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. In her spare time, Mrs. Palmer loves spending time with her husband, son and pets. She is a devoted mother, vegetarian and a wreath enthusiast.
Kristopher Thomason recently joined the BASIS team. He is the Director of Academics at BASIS San Antonio Primary – Medical Center Campus. Mr. Thomason is looking forward to his new role, and is eager to help create an enriching school community and culture. Prior to BASIS, Mr. Thomason worked in Comal ISD, and Boerne ISD as the Campus Coordinator for Special Programs. During his time as team leader, Mr. Thomason developed Individualized Education Plans for students to promote academic success and college readiness. Mr. Thomason also created and implemented teacher trainings and mentor programmer. Thomason brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as a campus educator and campus leader. Mr. Thomason is a graduate of UTSA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.