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, BASIS Independent Brooklyn, and BASIS Austin Primary as the inaugural Head of School. She also was the Head of School at BASIS Phoenix Central and implemented 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 Baton Rouge Mid City. She is dedicated to growing the BASIS Baton Rouge Mid City community, and to inspiring a lifelong love of learning in your children.
Debbie O’Connor joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2017 as part of the team that opened the BASIS Baton Rouge – Materra campus. She served three years there as the Head of Operations and is happy to bring that experience to open the second campus (Mid City) in Baton Rouge.
Prior to joining the Materra campus, Debbie spent 18 years managing nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Debbie sees education as the foundation for a strong community, and believes this starts with instilling a love of learning and drive to achieve in every child. Debbie is happy to continue being a part of BASIS Charter Schools and the opportunity to give the children of Baton Rouge access to a world-class education that encourages, challenges, and excites.