BASIS Peoria Head of School Matt Moran has been with the BASIS Charter Schools network since 2015, when he helped open BASIS Goodyear. He served as Director of Academic Programs at both BASIS Goodyear and BASIS Phoenix Central, before moving on to become Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Phoenix.
Mr. Moran graduated with a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. He has over two decades of experience as a history teacher and an administrator, working in both New York and his native Arizona. Before joining the BASIS Charter Schools network, Mr. Moran served students in grades Pre-K–12 as a Principal, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, IB Coordinator, and History Department Chair. He has also worked with several curricula: Advanced Placement ®, International Baccalaureate ®, and the New York State Regents.
Mr. Moran is an enthusiastic, creative, and passionate educator, mentor, and advisor, who believes that all students can learn and thrive in a stimulating and comfortable environment that is appropriate for their unique talents and abilities.
Becky Trower joined BASIS Peoria in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. Before working in Operations, Mrs. Trower filled the role of a Physical Geography teacher, Auxiliary Programs Coordinator, and Director of Academic Programs. She brought with her a wealth of knowledge, having worked in numerous capacities at K–12 schools in California. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Geography from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies (emphasis on History and Geography) from the University of Texas, Austin. Her daughter is a 2015 BASIS Peoria graduate who now attends the University of Chicago. As Head of Operations, Mrs. Trower enjoys working closely with our staff and faculty to enhance the outstanding education offered here at BASIS Peoria.
Mr. Poggi is a dedicated educator with years of experience developing results-driven curriculum and delivering enthusiastic instruction to students. Mr. Poggi earned his BA in Human Services and his MA in Curriculum and Design at Ottawa University, and went on to teach for 16 years, mentoring new and continuing teachers, before joining BASIS Peoria as Dean of Students. He has since worked as Director of Academic Programs and Director of Student Affairs with the students at BASIS Peoria.
Mr. Poggi believes that all children can learn and thrive in an environment that is engaging, challenging, and stimulating to their unique talents and abilities. Dedicated to guiding students to success while inspiring an insatiable love for learning, he is committed to helping our diverse student body reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally.
Melissa Rankin joined the BASIS Charter Schools family in 2015 as the Special Education Coordinator at BASIS Goodyear where she served for 5 years prior to becoming the Director of Academic Programs at BASIS Peoria. As the Director of Academic Programs, Mrs. Rankin hopes to mentor both students and teachers towards reaching their future goals.
Mrs. Rankin began her career in education in 2006 as a special education paraprofessional in California. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education in 2011 while working as a Special Education Assistant in the United Kingdom. After earning her degree, she worked as a Self-Contained Special Education teacher in Kansas. She completed her Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Curriculum in 2012. Mrs. Rankin relocated to Arizona in 2012 where she became a high school special education teacher. She earned her second Master’s degree in 2015 in Educational Leadership and Administration.