Mrs. Thompson’s broad skills with people and in business began in her early corporate career. As a human resources executive, Mrs. Thompson developed insight and practical business sense that have fostered achievement and pride in each school community she has served. Recruited from the corporate world to her new, fulfilling role in the BASIS Charter School network by her own daughter, a BASIS Charter School teacher, today she can’t imagine working anywhere else!
Since joining BASIS Charter Schools in 2013, Mrs. Thompson has been immersed in the BASIS Charter School Curriculum, particularly at the primary level, and has served as a much-loved Head of School in Arizona, Texas, and New York. She successfully opened BASIS Chandler Primary South, BASIS San Antonio, and BASIS Independent Brooklyn, as the inaugural Head of School, and joins us most recently from BASIS Phoenix Central, home to the Arts Element. She is committed to drawing on each school’s diverse and unique culture—the students, teachers, and families that make up each community—to strengthen and grow new schools.
Mrs. Thompson is thrilled to serve as Head of School at BASIS Austin Primary. She is dedicated to growing the BASIS Austin Primary community, and to inspiring a lifelong love of learning in your children.
Before joining BASIS Charter Schools in 2013, Dr. Richards served as Associate Dean of Academic Support with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as an Associate Professor of Naval Science at the University of Kansas, and as a high school NJROTC instructor.
A retired nuclear submarine officer, Commander Richards visited over 25 countries during Cold War special operations missions and on a Carrier Battlegroup Staff during Desert Storm. He is a designated Naval Education and Training Management Specialist and holds a BS in Nuclear Engineering from University of Michigan, an M.Ed. in Vocational Education and an MPA from Valdosta State University, and an Ed.D. in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas.
Since joining BASIS Charter Schools in 2013, he has since served as the inaugural Head of Operations at each new campus in Texas. In 2020 he took on the role of BASIS.ed Construction Manager and now maintains dual assignments in that position, as well as Head of Operations at BASIS Austin Primary.