BASIS Baton Rouge head of school, Roberto Ramirez

Roberto Ramirez

Head of School

Roberto Ramirez joined BASIS Charter 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 Charter 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 Charter 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 Materra students. Mr. Ramirez received his degree in Business Administration and Economics from Universidad del Sol.

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Shannon Spikes

Shannon Spikes

Head of Operations

Shannon Spikes joined BASIS Baton Rouge Materra in 2018 as the Auxiliary Program Coordinator. While in this position, she worked with students, faculty, and parents in a variety of capacities. After three years in this role, she moved into the Head of Operations position. As Head of Operations, she is dedicated to the continuing growth and success of the BASIS Baton Rouge Materra Campus. She is passionate about her unremitting work with incredible BASIS Charter School students, faculty, staff, and community.

Shannon earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Louisiana State University. After graduating, she spent the first eight years teaching in East Baton Rouge Parish schools. This venture gave her the opportunity to witness and consider the vital pieces involved in the educational process. She also noted practices that made schools successful. These elements were essential to her successes as she moved to join BASIS Charter Schools.

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Amanda Marie Black

Amanda-Marie Black

Director of Student Affairs

Amanda-Marie Black started her journey with BASIS Charter Schools in the 2016–2017 school year as a Teaching Fellow for Kindergarten Engineering and Art at BASIS Goodyear. That same year she moved into the English 5 position as the Subject Expert Teacher. She was promoted to Primary Dean before transferring to BASIS Phoenix Central in 2018. She served as the Dean of Students with BASIS Phoenix Central before becoming the Director of Student Affairs. She is excited for the opportunity to join a BASIS Charter School in a different state as the Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Baton Rouge Materra.

Ms. Black enjoys mentoring the students, along with building strong relationships with the teachers, staff and families. She leads by a strong, uplifting, supportive example. Her extensive professional experience within the behavioral health and educational field has allowed her to develop skills that encourage success within people. She believes that a strong community starts with communication and collaboration, and exemplifies this through her actions daily. Ms. Black is a huge proponent for self-love, self-awareness and peace, which are always at the forefront of her teachings and opportunities of mentorship.

Ms. Black holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Literature, Language and Writing, as well as a minor in Journalism, from the University of Kansas.

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