Kristopher Thomason brings a wealth of knowledge and experience both as an educator and campus leader to his new role as Head of School. Mr. Thomason graduated from the University of Texas, San Antonio with a BA in history, then went on to become Campus Coordinator for Special Programs at Comal and Boerne Independent School Districts. During this time, he developed Individualized Education Plans to help facilitate students’ academic success and college readiness. He also created and implemented teacher trainings and mentor programs. Mr. Thomason joined the BASIS Charter Schools family as Director of Academic Programs at BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center. He looks forward to continuing to enrich campus culture and community as Head of School.
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 the BASIS Charter Schools network 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.
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.