Jen Neal is delighted to be the Head of School at BASIS San Antonio Medical Center. She joined the BASIS Curriculum family in 2014 as a fifth-grade English teacher at BASIS Phoenix. She then helped facilitate the opening of BASIS Prescott primary school as Director of Student Affairs.
In the decade prior to her time with BASIS Charter Schools, Ms. Neal taught IB English at international schools in Thailand and Belgium. Having a full-blown case of wanderlust, she visited over thirty countries during this time, including the Galapagos, Iceland, and Myanmar. Ms. Neal earned her BA in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan, her teaching certification with English concentration from North Park University and University of Chicago, and her MEd in Leadership and Management from Open University, United Kingdom.
After teaching in public and private schools, in the U.S. and abroad, she knows that BASIS Curriculum Schools deliver a world-class education, and Ms. Neal is excited to bring the primary program to Texas.
Jennifer Meredith came to BASIS San Antonio Medical Center in 2013 in its opening year. As Head of Operations, she manages the facilities, operations, logistics, accounting/finance, human resources, project management and event planning. Although she works closely with the staff and faculty, you can see her helping students with lockers, planning dances and running the Annual Teacher Fund. Jennifer has extensive experience in human resources and operations management. She managed a contracting company for nine years as the HR/Office Manager and worked in the medical field in finance prior to that. Jennifer loves to help in all aspects of the school including working with the academic team. She feels it is important to have a hand in all aspects of the school to coordinate successful operations. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Texas Women’s University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas.
Kristopher Thomason is the Director of Academic Programs at BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center. Mr. Thomason is eager to help create an enriching school community and culture. Prior to joining BASIS Charter Schools, Mr. Thomason worked in Comal ISD, and Boerne ISD as the Campus Coordinator for Special Programs. During his time as team leader, Mr. Thomason developed Individualized Education Plans for students to promote academic success and college readiness. Mr. Thomason also created and implemented teacher trainings. Mr. Thomason has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a campus educator and leader. He is a graduate of UTSA where he earned a BA in History.
Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. Prior to the classroom, Laura worked in environmental education and animal training/welfare. She has worked at multiple zoos and aquariums across the country including the San Antonio Zoo! Laura has educated students from kinder- college; however, in the classroom setting she has taught kindergarten, 2nd grade reading/language, and 2nd grade math/science. She was the 2nd grade Math/Science teacher here at BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center in 2017 before her transition! Laura manages the student behavior program as well as parent communications related to behavioral expectations and student conduct. She assists in planning events throughout the year as well as foster a positive school culture. She assists in academic support for grades K-2. She is excited to help teachers learn more about how to develop their skills in the classroom and challenge them to try new and innovative ways to inspire all of our students.