Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Vongai “Vee” Moyo worked at Jefferson County Public Schools for seven years while completing her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Louisville and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Spalding University. She then moved to Arizona, where she earned her second master’s degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University, and then began working towards her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northcentral University. After serving the Dysart Unified School District as an AP English teacher and instructional coach, she joined BASIS Goodyear in 2018 as Dean of Upper School.
As our Head of School, Ms. Moyo is committed to upholding the positive school climate that sets our students up for success. Her role in the BASIS Goodyear family allows her to witness the high expectations set and implemented by our phenomenal staff and the amazing accomplishments achieved by our students each day. Proudly leading the Golden Eagles, Ms. Moyo believes that with hard work and perseverance the sky is the limit!
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.
Mrs. Savage has always been passionate about education. She graduated magna cum laude from college, earning a BS in Early Childhood Education and an MEd in Educational Leadership. She began her teaching career as an Early Childhood Educator at Nadaburg Elementary School and eventually became a Teacher Leader there, as well as the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) President. 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. In her current role as Director of Academic Programs at BASIS Goodyear, Mrs. Savage hopes to instill a life-long desire to pursue knowledge in both students and educators.
Mr. Horn has been with BASIS Curriculum 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.
Mr. Smith has been in the education field for over 10 years. He started out as an Instructional Aide, before moving on to become a Computer Tech, Math and Reading Interventionist, and K–12 teacher. He majored in Secondary Education and minored in History and Sociology at Ottawa University, then earned his MEd in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Outside of work, Mr. Smith likes to volunteer, travel, listen to music, go to the theatre and sporting events, and spend time with his wife and four children. One of his favorite quotes is, “The time is always right to do the right thing,” by Martin Luther King, Jr.