Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Head of School

After a decade with BASIS Schools, Mr. Allen returns to BASIS Peoria as its Head of School for 2021-2022. It began in 2011, when Mr. Allen served the school as the Head of Operations and the Head of School. Under his leadership, in its first year of eligibility, BASIS Peoria was ranked #5 in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best High Schools.”

Most recently, Mr. Allen was Head of School for BASIS Independent Manhattan for three years. There he built an effective team of talented educators and created a shared sense of community and high satisfaction. For 2021-2022, the school will open a new Upper School campus in Chelsea serving grades 6-12, and the current campus will become a Lower School serving grades Pre-K-4.

In 2017-2018, Mr. Allen became the founding Head of School for BASIS International School Guangzhou with grades K through high school and established a school community where 90% of families returned for the second year.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University, he also completed the executive program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining the BASIS Charter Schools network, Mr. Allen held executive leadership roles for global organizations in Arizona and California for 25 years. He also founded HRxSuccess, a human capital consulting practice, and taught college courses in human resources and business in Arizona and California.

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Becky Trower

Becky Trower

Head of Operations

Becky Trower joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2012 as an Administrative Assistant at BASIS Peoria. She immediately felt at home at BASIS Peoria, and subsequently filled the roles of Physical Geography teacher, Auxiliary Programs Coordinator, and Director of Academic Programs. Mrs. Trower has been our Head of Operations since 2015. Prior to BASIS Charter Schools, she was a school librarian at a Kindergarten through 12th grade school in California.

Mrs. Trower earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Geography from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and her master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies (with an emphasis on History and Geography) from the University of Texas, Austin.

As Head of Operations, Mrs. Trower enjoys working closely with our staff and faculty to enhance the outstanding education offered here at BASIS Peoria.

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A Poggi

Aaron Poggi

Director of Student Affairs

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.

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Melissa Rankin, Director of Academic Programs

Melissa Rankin

Director of Academic Programs

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.

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