Lisa Foreman

Head of School

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.

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Jana Aukon

Jana Aukon

Head of Operations

As a child growing up in Riga, Latvia, Jana Aukon was exposed to a rigorous education with high academic standards that were met with outstanding student achievement. Jana believes in the BASIS Curriculum philosophy of high expectations, engaged learning, and student accountability. She is thrilled to have both her daughters attending BASIS Flagstaff. Prior to joining the BASIS Charter School family, Jana attended Northern Arizona University where she earned a BA in Anthropology with a minor is studio art. Upon graduating Jana taught Russian, fourth grade, and was involved in various youth programs in the community. Recently Jana earned her M.Ed. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with an emphasis in Global Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jana enjoys working with the BASIS Flagstaff community and building a culture of success and citizenship.

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T. Terpening

Tori Terpening

Director of Academic Programs

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.

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Alicia Vaughan

Alicia Vaughan

Director of Student Affairs

Ms. Vaughan graduated cum laude with a BS in Geology from the University of Arkansas and a MS in Geology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She worked on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA and at the U.S. Geological Survey, Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff for seven years. She has worked as a member of both the science and engineering teams responsible for the rovers’ daily operations and scientific research. Throughout her scientific career, Ms. Vaughan participated in numerous education and public outreach projects with students in both Pasadena and Flagstaff regarding the robotic exploration and scientific discoveries of Mars. Ms. Vaughan joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2011 teaching Physical Geography and Robotics, was College Counselor for two years, and is now the Director of Student Affairs.

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