Audrey Hagopian

Audrey Hagopian

Head of School

Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Hagopian earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Duke University. While at Duke University, Ms. Hagopian taught Chemistry to K-12 students through a program called Duke Chemistry Outreach. Ms. Hagopian, who is a classically trained ballet dancer, served as the director of an arts-focused after-school program in North Carolina, where she provided tutoring in Math and English and ran the ballet and creative movement classes for children aged three to twelve. Ms. Hagopian is extremely excited to join BASIS Phoenix Primary. Entering her 5th year in a BASIS curriculum school, Ms. Hagopian joined the BASIS family in 2014 as a 4th and 5th grade Science Teacher at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. She later served as the Middle School Dean of Students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, followed by her role as the Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Independent Fremont. Ms. Hagopian moved to Arizona in 2017 to serve as the Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Peoria Primary. Ms. Hagopian has helped students succeed both in and out of the classroom, and she believes that with the right tools, any student can succeed at BASIS. She loves the energy that primary-aged students bring to the classroom, and is excited to meet all of the new BASIS Phoenix Primary parents & students!

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Alyssa Taylor Head of Operations

Alyssa Taylor

Head of Operations

Ms. Taylor graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology and a minor in English. Her education and experience working in behavioral health allowed her to discover her passion for serving children and families. Once she joined BASIS, Ms. Taylor discovered a new way to foster her passion through education and daily interaction with students and their families. Ms. Taylor began her BASIS career three years ago at BASIS Phoenix Central as the Front Office Coordinator. She then helped open BASIS Scottsdale Primary West in August of 2018 in its inaugural year as the Auxiliary Programs Coordinator.  In this role, Ms. Taylor enjoyed enriching school culture by bringing extracurricular activities and community events to her campus. She now eagerly joins BASIS Phoenix Primary and is excited to have a direct impact on families lives through ensuring a safe and successful learning environment in the Firebird community!

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Kimberly Farabaugh – Director of Student Affairs

Kimberly Farabaugh

Director of Student Affairs

Originally from Ohio, Mrs. Farabaugh moved to Arizona shortly after completing her Bachelor of Art in Human Health and Psychology from Bowling Green State University. During her 4 years at BGSU, she worked with students as a Resident and Academic Advisor where she developed a passion for mentoring students while fostering a desire to learn and grow. Mrs. Farabaugh began her BASIS career working in a variety of roles at BASIS Phoenix in July 2012. She joined BASIS Goodyear in January 2016 as the Director of Academic Programs and transitioned to the Director of Student Affairs role in February 2017. Mrs. Farabaugh is extremely excited to join BASIS Phoenix Primary as the Director of Student Affairs. She is looking forward to working with and supporting all of the BASIS Phoenix Primary parents & students! When not on campus, she is found studying for her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders.

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Deirdre Ewald, M.Ed.

Deirdre Ewald, M.Ed.

Director of Academic Programs

As a native Arizonan, Ms. Ewald grew up in central Phoenix, and is a graduate of both the University of Arizona, where she earned her BS in Special Education & Rehabilitation and Grand Canyon University, where she completed her MA in Early Childhood Education. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Tucson, she went on to work as a Special Education Teacher with the Vail Unified School District in southeastern Tucson. With most of Ms. Ewald’s family living in Phoenix, she later moved back to the Phoenix area and worked at the elementary school she attended! During the course of her career, she has also opened and run a private preschool before coming to BASIS in 2014. Ms. Ewald started at BASIS Phoenix Central as a Kindergarten Teacher, later moving into  a 1st grade Learning Expert Teacher position and then taking on the Subject Expert Teacher role for 1st grade Math and Science. Being a part of the two teacher model has been a wonderful experience for Ms. Ewald. She thoroughly enjoys being part of an educational program that both believes students are capable of more and then delivers on opportunities for success! Ms. Ewald is thrilled to be joining the BASIS Phoenix Primary Community!

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