Steve Vandalen

Steve Van Dalen

Head of School

Steve VanDalen joined BASIS Flagstaff in 2017 as a Special Education Assistant. In his time at BASIS Flagstaff, Mr. VanDalen has also served as a teaching fellow, a history teacher and director. His experiences working with both youth and adults in a variety of community settings has shaped his love for people and education. Mr. VanDalen earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. Mr. VanDalen is excited to help support the students and families of BASIS Flagstaff as the Head of School.

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Thomas Carpenter

Thomas Carpenter

Head of Operations

Dr. Carpenter began his career with BASIS Charter Schools in 2017 as a chemistry teacher at BASIS Phoenix. In addition to teaching all levels of chemistry, he coached the varsity soccer team. His journey with BASIS Charter Schools now takes him up north as the Head of Operations at BASIS Flagstaff. Dr. Carpenter will miss his time in the classroom with the students but feels confident that this experience paired with his analytical background will allow him to better serve the students, teachers, and BASIS Flagstaff community. He is eager for the year ahead!

Dr. Carpenter earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana and his doctorate in analytical chemistry from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. It was during his time completing his education that he discovered his passion for teaching and working with students.

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Trent McDowell

Trent McDowell

Director of Academic Programs

Trent McDowell joined BASIS Flagstaff in the 2017 as the grade 8, honors, and AP biology Subject Expert Teacher.

Before joining BASIS Charter Schools, Mr. McDowell worked for 3 years in the United States Army as an electric warfare analyst. Mr. McDowell earned his bachelor’s degree in Geology from Millersville University and then his master’s degree in Geology from Vanderbilt University. He took post-graduate classes in science education, geology, biology, and oceanography at Arizona State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mr. McDowell wrote one of the first online courses for UNC-CH and went on to teach a variety of online courses such as geology, environmental science, and biology for UNC-CH, University of Phoenix, and Grand Canyon University. While a grad student at UNC-CH, he started working for McGraw-Hill designing, writing, and reviewing science content to accompany college textbooks and continued that work over the years before coming to BASIS Flagstaff.

In addition to teaching biology at BASIS Charter Schools, Mr. McDowell has taught grade 4 science, grade 5 physical geography, AP Environmental Science, AP Human Geography, and most recently grade 7 logic. He will miss teaching but looks forward to working with parents, teachers, and students across all grades and programs at BASIS Flagstaff in the role of the Director of Academic Programs.

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Greg Mallie

Greg Mallie

Director of Student Affairs Grades 6–12

Greg Mallie joined BASIS Flagstaff in its inaugural year, 2011, as a math teacher. Three years later, he helped open BASIS Oro Valley Primary before returning to Flagstaff as a teacher and then Dean of Students and now Director of Student Affairs for grades 6–12. His experiences working with other educators inside and outside of the classroom have given him a wide perspective on what makes for effective teaching and has been a major motivator for him to continue looking for ways to become a leader within his community. He enjoys working with students, families, staff, and teachers alike in bolstering an enthusiasm towards learning and a feeling of support.

Mr. Mallie earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and his master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. From leading kids in the summer Colorado Youth Program and coaching soccer to working broadly to ensure students were getting academic and behavioral supports during the pandemic and meeting with students one-on-one to talk about socio-emotional development, Mr. Mallie relishes in the joy found in helping others and watching them grow.

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Chandler Weise

Chandler Wiese

Director of Academic Programs Grade K–5

Chandler Wiese joined BASIS Flagstaff in the 2015 as a grade 3 Learning Expert Teacher. She has also held roles as a grade 4 Learning Expert Teacher and finished out her time in the classroom as a Kindergarten Expert Teacher. Ms. Wiese earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University with an endorsement in SEI and is glad to have found her happy place working with the little learners here at BASIS Flagstaff. Ms. Wiese is excited for her role as the Director of Primary Programs and is looking forward to helping students set and maintain a strong foundation and love for learning. She hopes to encourage a strong bond among students and their families as they begin their educational careers. Ms. Wiese is confident she can make a positive impact on a larger scale in her new role as director.

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