Jen Neal is the Regional Director of Charter Schools for Texas and Louisiana and is currently the acting Head of School at BASIS San Antonio Medical Center. She joined the BASIS Charter School 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 and the opening of this campus as Head of School in 2017.
In the decade prior to her time with BASIS Charter Schools, Ms. Neal taught IB English at international schools in Thailand and Belgium. 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 Charter Schools deliver a world-class education, and Ms. Neal is proud to be part of the team that brings this program to Texas families.
Cata Luna-Arocha earned her BS in Biology from Texas A&M University, San Antonio. After that, she taught high school science, was a college readiness teacher with GEAR UP, and was an advocate for Special Programs. She also spent time living in Boston, Massachusetts, where she taught middle school science. Ms. Luna-Arocha joined BASIS Charter Schools as part of the team that helped open BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center. She served as the school’s Physical Education teacher before becoming Head of Operations.
As Head of Operations, Ms. Luna-Arocha will manage facilities, human resources, finance, accounting, events, and logistics. She has extensive knowledge of both the academic and operations side of education and understands the importance of each aspect in being able to successfully run a school. She is excited to utilize this knowledge to continue BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center’s tradition of excellence.
Patrick Carson graduated from the University of Texas, San Antonio with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He has served as a teacher and school administrator in both private and public schools within the San Antonio area for close to 25 years. He’s also coached middle school basketball for a number of years.
Mr. Carson joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2017 as part of the BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center staff, before moving to BASIS San Antonio Shavano to serve as Dean of Students for the Lower School Program.
Mr. Carson is excited to be back at BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center as the Director of Academic Programs, where he will oversee curriculum implementation and work with teachers to uphold the school’s high academic standards. He considers it an honor to be serving BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center’s students and families.
Laura received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University, in South Carolina. Prior to entering the education field, Laura worked in environmental education and animal training/welfare. She has worked at multiple zoos and aquariums throughout the country—including the San Antonio Zoo! Through her previous work, Laura was able to educate students from kindergarten to college level. In the classroom setting, she has taught kindergarten and grade 2 reading/language arts and math/science. In fact, she was the grade 2 Math & Science teacher here at BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center in 2017, before she transitioned to her current role as Director of Student Affairs.
In this role, she manages the student behavior program and parent communications related to behavioral expectations and student conduct. She also helps with planning events throughout the year and fostering a positive school culture. In addition, she assists in academic support for grades K–2. Laura is excited to be able to help teachers learn more about how to further develop their skills in the classroom and to be able to challenge them to try new, innovative ways to inspire our students.