BASIS Baton Rouge head of school, Roberto Ramirez

Roberto Ramirez

Head of School

Roberto Ramirez joined BASIS Curriculum Schools in 2008. Since then, he has worked as an AP Spanish Teacher, College Counselor, Upper School Director, and Head of School. During his tenure as Upper School Director at BASIS Tucson North, the school was ranked among the top 10 best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.

When BASIS Tucson Primary opened in 2013, Mr. Ramirez was eager to take part in the innovative and groundbreaking project of establishing the first primary school in the BASIS Curriculum Schools network. Without a doubt, his leadership and stewardship have made BASIS Tucson Primary a model in elementary education for Arizona and the rest of the country. After four short years, BASIS Tucson Primary has become one of the top-performing schools in Arizona and its students consistently outperform their peers in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. on the International Schools Assessment.

Mr. Ramirez is excited and honored to be able to provide students and families in Baton Rouge with the well-rounded, world-class education that makes BASIS Curriculum Schools unique. He is passionate about student achievement and giving as many students as possible access to a free, high-quality education. His goal is to instill a love of learning in all BASIS Baton Rouge students. Mr. Ramirez received his degree in Business Administration and Economics from Universidad del Sol.

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Debbie O'Connor Head of Operations

Debbie O'Connor

Head of Operations

Debbie comes to BASIS Baton Rouge with 18 years of experience managing nonprofit organizations and small business. Before joining BASIS Baton Rouge she acted as the Executive Director of Up Alliance, a Baton Rouge area nonprofit dedicated to promoting literacy and adult education. Prior to her work with Up Alliance, Debbie served as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center, an organization that coordinated the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse.

Before her work with the nonprofit organizations, Debbie owned a small business that provided computer instruction to children ages three to 12. There, Debbie most enjoyed the spark in the eyes of children as they learned and mastered new skills. 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 be a part of BASIS Curriculum Schools and the opportunity to give the children of Baton Rouge access to a world-class education that encourages, challenges, and excites.

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