Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish, with minors in Biblical Studies and Family Studies, from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois in 1999. He also holds a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and did post-graduate work at Arizona State University leading to principal certification. His education experience with BASIS Curriculum Schools includes roles as Director of Student Affairs, Director of Academic Programs, and Athletic Director. Previously, he taught junior high and high school English, Spanish, PE, and a senior Capstone called Self Reliance. He also coached multiple sports.
In his role as Head of School, his goal is for BASIS Chandler to be an educational community with the highest academic standards while also helping students to become well-rounded and successful members of society. Matt enjoys working with teachers and students to help both reach their highest potential. “When teachers, students, parents, and administrators are all working towards the same goal, amazing things can happen.”
Collin comes to BASIS Chandler from our BASIS Tucson campus as Head of Operations. Collin graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration. Collin believes his passion for competition and his background in critical thinking make him a great addition to the operations team at BASIS Chandler.
“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Ms. Niya Taylor is first a servant-leader, and then an advocate for community and educational development, writer, faith coach, motivational speaker and mother. Niya earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biblical Studies from Grand Canyon University, and her M.A. in Human Services & Counseling with an emphasis on Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Niya is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership for Change at Fielding University.
Prior to joining BASIS, she worked five years in higher education academic counseling and brings with her more than 20 years of experience working, volunteering and serving in the non-profit social service field, as an outreach and media director. In 2012 Niya played an instrumental role in planting and developing a local 501(c)3 agency dedicated to assisting families and individuals to grow, prosper and flourish in the context of daily living. Niya began working for BASIS Chandler in 2016 as the Upper School Dean of Students and AP Psychology Teacher. In her role as Director of Student Affairs, she enjoys equipping and empowering young people to see who they are and be all that they can be.
Mr. Kittredge is BASIS Chandler’s Director of Academic Programs. He earned a BA in Drama from Dartmouth College, as well as a MA in Theatre Studies from the University of Arizona. He began working for BASIS Curriculum Schools in 2006 at BASIS Tucson, and later at BASIS Tucson North, he taught virtually every class offered by the English department. When he transitioned into the role of College Counselor and Senior Project Coordinator, he had the privilege of helping seniors prepare to navigate the waters of life after earning their BASIS Diplomas. That experience left him continuously humbled by the sophistication, erudition, and sheer intellectual horsepower that BASIS Curriculum students were and are able to achieve. Mr. Kittredge joined BASIS Chandler in 2015 and has enjoyed working with our tremendous, close-knit community of scholarship ever-since.
Dean joined BASIS Chandler from BASIS Chandler Primary North, where he was the Director of Academic Programs for two years. Originally from South Yorkshire, England, Dean came to the United States in 1988, teaching Chemistry at The Spence School in New York City before to moving to Arizona in 1994. His passion for teaching has helped many students achieve academic success in Chemistry over the years. Furthermore, his role as the Science Department Chair and Grade Level Coordinator at Phoenix Country Day School gave him a broad appreciation for administrative skills beyond the chemistry lab.
Dean graduated from Birmingham University, England, with a BS in Minerals Engineering, and then received a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Newcastle in Tyne, England. He completed his college experience at Arizona State University with a MEd in Administration and Supervision. Dean enjoys being part of the BASIS Chandler community, and is determined to play an important role in helping students achieve their very best through hard work and dedication.