Stephanie Savage began her career with BASIS Charter Schools in 2019. She has over 7 years of experience in the education field, both as a teacher and teacher leader. She graduated magna cum laude from Grand Canyon University, earning a BS in Early Childhood Education. She began her teaching career as an Early Childhood Educator at Nadaburg Elementary School and eventually became a Teacher Leader there. During her time at Nadaburg Elementary, Mrs. Savage was named Technology Teacher of the Year and earned her school national recognition as a PTSA School of Excellence. Finding a passion for helping other educators, Mrs. Savage participated in Arizona State University’s iLead Principal Preparedness program, where she earned her Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Following which, she completed an independent study program where she completed in 6-month Superintendent internship through ASU.
In her current role as Head of School at BASIS Goodyear, Mrs. Savage hopes to instill a life-long desire to pursue knowledge in both students and educators. Mrs. Savage believes that this pursuit should be led by example and is currently pursuing her National Board Certification with a focus on Early Literacy.
After completing a BA in Economics at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, Michael moved to Colorado and began a ten-year career with ABF Freight System, Inc. Moving quickly up the corporate ladder, he had the opportunity to explore various aspects of a major corporation before assuming the role of Branch Manager in Billings, Montana, and then in Tucson, Arizona. He was primarily responsible for offering global supply chain solutions to a broad base of international customers.
His passion for kids led him to launch a new career with BASIS Charter Schools. As a Director of Operations, he was Instrumental in the successful opening of BASIS Oro Valley Primary in 2014. He was then offered the opportunity to serve as the inaugural Head of Operations at BASIS Goodyear in 2015.
Dr. Happel has been with BASIS Charter Schools since 2019, serving as the Special Education Coordinator at BASIS Phoenix. She adds almost 30 years of experience as an educator to the Goodyear leadership team. She’s taught in most grades, from kindergarten to the college level in three states and three countries. As well as being a respected educator, Dr. Happel has been appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to serve as a National Commissioner on Education. Dr. Happel holds a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and Milwaukee, as a well an academic doctorate in Organizational Leadership, K-12 from Grand Canyon University.
In her role at Goodyear, Dr. Happel is excited to continue her passion of being a part of a strong team of leaders who mentor excellent teachers who want children to succeed.
Mr. Wiederlight began working at BASIS Goodyear Primary in July 2015, as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher. In 2019, Mr. Wiederlight was awarded Top Teacher in the City of Goodyear, which is one of his greatest accomplishments as a Kindergarten Teacher.
In 2020, Mr. Wiederlight took on the role as Director of Student Affairs for the primary program at the BASIS Goodyear campus. As Director of Students Affairs, he is able to work with all of the primary grade students to help them achieve their academic success and to be part of those “light bulb” moments. Mr. Wiederlight’s goal is to continue spreading positivity in all children’s education.
Mr. Wiederlight graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Arizona with a degree in Elementary and Special Education.
Mr. Horn has been with BASIS Charter Schools for several years, but has worked in the field of education for over 15 years. Before his role with BASIS Goodyear, he worked as a Dean and IT Director for several charter schools in the Valley.
Mr. Horn graduated from DeVry University with a degree in Computer Information Systems and an MBA in Information Technology. He started his work in education as an IT Director but quickly developed a rapport with students and found he enjoyed the mentoring aspect of working in schools, shifting into various leadership roles where he could positively impact students. Being at BASIS Goodyear has given him the opportunity to continue working with students and support them as they pursue their academic and personal goals.