Kristen Ramos, Head of School

Kristen Ramos

Head of School

Ms. Ramos joined BASIS Charter Schools as the Special Education Coordinator at BASIS Scottsdale and after two very successful and productive years, was promoted to Upper School Director. She took the same role at BASIS Mesa before transitioning to Head of School and successfully expanding the school to kindergarten through grade 12. Prior to her current role as Head of School BASIS Mesa, Ms. Ramos served as Head of School at BASIS Phoenix South Primary. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Special Education and MA in Curriculum and Instruction, while also completing coursework for her second MA in Education Administration.

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Dave Deshler

Dave Deshler

Director of Student Affairs

Dave Deshler began his career with BASIS Charter Schools midway through the 2010–11 school year, serving as the grade 5 Physical Geography teacher at BASIS Scottsdale. In subsequent years, he added AP Environmental Science and AP Human Geography to his schedule there. Following his time at BASIS Scottsdale, Dave helped open and establish BASIS Ahwatukee as the School Director and moved to BASIS Phoenix as Director of Academic Programs. In 2016, he helped establish BASIS Scottsdale Primary East at its new location as the Director of Student Affairs. Dave then went on to serve as Head of School at BASIS Scottsdale Primary East from summer 2018 until spring 2019, when he joined BASIS Mesa as Director of Student Affairs.

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Christen Wolcott

Christen Wolcott

Director of Academic Programs

Christen Wolcott joined BASIS Mesa in 2018. She earned her BA from California Lutheran University, and then went on to earn her MEd in Early Childhood Education, with a focus on literacy instruction, from Northern Arizona University. Christen has taught at the elementary and post-secondary levels for 17 years, and has spent her career fostering a love of learning in her students, as well as mentoring teachers, in the pursuit of academic excellence. Christen is excited to serve as the Director of Academic Programs, and is happy to be a part of the learning community here at BASIS Mesa.