Deirdre Ewald, M.Ed.

Deirdre Ewald, M.Ed.

Head of School

As a native Arizonan, Ms. Ewald grew up in central Phoenix, and is a graduate of both the University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University with a BS in Special Education and a MEd in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining BASIS in 2014, Ms. Ewald worked as an early childhood educator and in special education in both the Tucson and Phoenix communities. Ms. Ewald started at BASIS Phoenix Central when it opened, where she taught kindergarten and first grade for several years before joining BASIS Phoenix Primary in 2018 for its inaugural year. Being part of an educational program that holds students to a higher standard and delivers on opportunities for success had been incredibly rewarding. After supporting the BASIS Phoenix Primary community as the Director of Academic Programs, Ms. Ewald is thrilled to serve as the Head of School while continuing to support teachers, students and families in educational excellence!

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Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller

Head of Operations

Suzanne Miller, the Head of Operations at BASIS Phoenix Primary, previously served as Head of Operations at BASIS Chandler Primary North, BASIS Scottsdale, and BASIS Chandler. Prior to her working at the schools, she worked as a Payroll Administrator and School Accountant at the BASIS.ed Central Office. Prior to joining the BASIS.ed Finance Division in January 2012, she was the Business Manager at Imagine Tempe charter school and spent seven years as the Director of Finance for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

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Ariel Schenk

Ariel Schenk

Director of Student Affairs

Ariel Schenk joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2019 as a second grade teacher at BASIS Scottsdale Primary West. She moved into their Dean of Students role in 2020. Ariel is passionate about supporting students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being, and is excited to be serving as the Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Phoenix Primary.

Ms. Schenk is a proud graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned her BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education and minors in Spanish and Disabilities Studies. Her teaching career began in Delaware where she taught Spanish Immersion to a group of first graders. She then moved to Arizona in 2015 and continued her career in education as a first grade teacher before joining BASIS Charter Schools.

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Mary Foley

Mary Foley

Director of Academic Programs

Born and raised in southern Arizona, Ms. Foley moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. Relocating to Phoenix after graduating from NAU, Ms. Foley began her teaching career with BASIS as a 3rd grade LET at BASIS Chandler Primary North in its inaugural year. In 2018, Ms. Foley transferred to BASIS Scottsdale Primary West, where she transitioned from a 3rd grade LET into administration as the school’s Curriculum Coordinator. Transitioning into administration allowed Ms. Foley to realize her passion for supporting schools from an academics standpoint, and inspired her to begin pursuing her MEd in Learning Design and Technologies at Arizona State University. Ms. Foley is thrilled to serve BASIS Phoenix Primary as the Director of Academic Programs and looks forward to ensuring a positive, enriching experience for the entire Firebird community!