Mrs. Foreman joined BASIS Charter Schools as the Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Peoria Primary. Being a part of the BASIS Flagstaff family as the Head of School, and among the ponderosa pines, is a homecoming for her. Mrs. Foreman was born and raised in upstate New York before moving to Arizona to attend Northern Arizona University. She holds a BA in Business Administration Marketing, which led her to work in product development and international marketing. She realized her passion for helping children learn and grow when she started her own family, so she returned to school to pursue a BA in Education and an MA in Curriculum & Instruction. Prior to joining BASIS Charter Schools, she served as a K–8 classroom teacher; Regional Trainer; Curriculum and Assessment Developer; Gifted Trainer; and as Curriculum, Instruction, and Intervention Specialist. She spent ten years mentoring new Mandarin teachers in a Mandarin immersion school and traveled to China with a Chinese Bridge Delegation to learn and share about international education. She holds endorsements in Elementary Education, Structured English Immersion, and Early Childhood Education.
Jana Aukon joined BASIS Flagstaff in 2011, its inaugural year. Originally from the Baltic state of Latvia, Jana was raised in an educational system of high standards and outstanding student achievement. Jana believes in the BASIS Charter School Curriculum philosophy of high expectations, engaged learning, and student accountability. Prior to joining the BASIS Charter School family, she attended Northern Arizona University where she earned a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor is Studio Art. Upon graduating Jana taught Russian language, fourth grade, and was involved in various youth programs in the community. She went on to earn her M.Ed. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with an emphasis in Global Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jana has two daughters; one is a 2019 BASIS Flagstaff graduate and attending Barret, the Honors College at ASU, and the other, a sophomore at BASIS Flagstaff. Jana enjoys working with the BASIS Flagstaff community in helping build a culture of citizenship and success at the school.
Coming from a family of educators, Mrs. Terpening always knew she would end up working in a school. She moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Spanish and minors in both French and Latin American Studies. She joined BASIS Flagstaff in 2014 to teach Spanish for grades 7–12. As BASIS Flagstaff grew, she joined the Auxiliary Programs team, and then the Academics team as Curriculum Coordinator. She has learned a great deal about what goes on in a K–12 school and is excited to continue working with students and families as Director of Academic Programs.
Ms. Cohen-Gray joined BASIS Flagstaff in 2012, teaching grades 5–6 math, geography, and AP Environmental Science—and also founded the BASIS Flagstaff Biking Club. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a geology major and math minor, before completing master’s coursework in geophysics, also at NAU. She first spent time in the corporate world, but was always drawn to education.
She has served BASIS.ed as a subject advisor for multiple courses and helped write the tablet-based SPORK math curriculum. She has always been passionate about student success at BASIS Flagstaff and is committed to getting to know the families and lives behind her students, in order to help them achieve their highest goals. She can’t wait to assist BASIS Flagstaff students on their way to great achievements, in her new role as Director of Student Affairs for grades K–8.
Mr. Calhoun joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2008, and BASIS Flagstaff when we opened in 2011. After spending his childhood on the Navajo Reservation and later in Santa Fe, he earned his BA in English Literature from Macalester College and a master’s in World Religions from Harvard University. He also has 6–12 Professional Teacher Certification through TeacherReady (an NCATE accredited, CAEP aligned program offered through the University of West Florida).
Prior to joining BASIS Charter Schools, Mr. Calhoun served as the Head Director for Louisville Test Preparation and Tutoring and as an admissions counselor for an AmeriCorps program designed to help low-income students get into college. In his tenure at BASIS Charter Schools, he has taught at the majority of grade levels, was nominated for Charter School Teacher of the Year and Coconino Teacher of the Year, and received both the Flinn Foundation Distinguished Educator Award and Stanford Award for Distinguished Teacher. Additionally, he has spent years training faculty on best practices: both at formal trainings and, from 2018–2020, as a Professional Development Coordinator.