Nicole Quillan

Nicole Quillan

Head of School

Nicole Quillan is the Head of School. She joined BASIS Ahwatukee in 2014 as a Spanish teacher and has taught all levels of Spanish, as well as grades 5 and 6 math. In 2020 Mrs. Quillan was promoted to Director of Student Affairs. Then in 2022 she became the Interim Head of School. Mrs. Quillan believes that community is the key to the success of BASIS Ahwatukee and is committed to helping to develop this community for the benefit of all students.

Mrs. Quillan earned a BA in Spanish, with a minor in middle-school mathematics, from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She moved to Arizona in 1995 to begin her teaching career and taught at a local school district before taking time off to raise her children. Upon returning to teaching, Mrs. Quillan has enjoyed being a part of the BASIS Ahwatukee community and is proud to watch all the students find success in each learning opportunity.

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Lyndsay Rogers, Director of Student Affairs

Lyndsay Rogers

Head of Operations

Lyndsay Rogers joined BASIS Ahwatukee in their inaugural year of 2013. In the first few years, she was the Student Support Coordinator and Dean of Students. She moved into the Director of Student Affairs role in 2015 followed by the Director of Academic Programs role in 2018. Her experience over the years at BASIS Ahwatukee fares well with her current role as Head of Operations.

Mrs. Rogers earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lees-McRae College in North Carolina. She graduated summa cum laude as a student athlete, playing soccer all four years, while also involved in the performing arts and leading student government. Her career in education started in 2001, as a certified high school biology teacher and soccer coach in the state of Texas, then gaining her certificate in Massachusetts in 2006. For five years, Mrs. Rogers worked in the biotech industry for the following diagnostic labs, Genzyme Genetics and Laboratory Corporation of America respectively. Eager to get back into education, she found BASIS Charter Schools to be her home away from home.

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Nick Tessari

Nick Tessari

Director of Academic Programs

Nick Tessari began teaching at BASIS Ahwatukee in 2017. Since then, he has taught English 7, Honors Literature, and Speech and Debate. Nick became the Lead Grade 7 Mentor in 2019, the Online Content Instructor in 2021, and the English Designated Teacher Mentor in 2021. He has also written and assisted with creating curriculum throughout the BASIS English department. Nick’s academic leadership roles and responsibilities eventually led to him becoming the Director of Academic Programs in 2022.

Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in 2016 from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University. He majored in Adolescent to Young Adult Education: Integrated Language Arts, and he minored in English. Throughout his time in college, Nick was a peer tutor and volunteered at local K–12 schools. His education brought him to student teaching at Old Fort High School in Ohio where he taught English 8 and Yearbook. From there, he moved to Arizona and taught English 6 and Remedial English at Magma Ranch K8 in San Tan Valley. Wanting to move closer to Phoenix, Nick found BASIS Ahwatukee in 2017, and he has since planted his roots at the school and hopes to continue growing alongside the wonderful students, supportive parents, and fellow faculty at the campus.

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