America Palmer, who has worked in education for over 11 years, is dedicated to providing students with limitless challenges and opportunities through the renowned BASIS Charter Curriculum. In her role as Head of School, Mrs. Palmer is committed to fostering academic achievement in students, professional growth for faculty members, as well as a positive environment for the entire Blue Jay community.
In 2016, Mrs. Palmer joined the BASIS Charter School family as the Dean of Students at BASIS San Antonio Primary – Medical Center Campus. As Dean, Mrs. Palmer developed and implemented a successful academic support program and peer tutoring program, partnered with teachers to manage discipline and structure in the classroom, and planned various events to build school culture and community. The following school year, as Director of Student Affairs, Mrs. Palmer opened a BASIS primary school, focused on creating a positive environment for staff and students, conducted teacher observations and orchestrated professional development workshops for teachers.
Before finding BASIS Charter Schools, Mrs. Palmer worked as a bilingual speech therapist assistant for various school districts in San Antonio and surrounding areas. In 2013, she began working as the Director and College Counselor for The Center for Academic Excellence at Antonian College Preparatory High School. During her time at Antonian, Mrs. Palmer worked as a grade level head, college counselor, and school administrator and developed programs to promote student academic success and college readiness.
Mrs. Palmer earned her BS in Communications Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and her MS in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Mrs. Palmer is honored to be part of the North Central family. Let’s go, Blue Jays!
Marta Wasiewicz graduated from Texas A&M University-San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Education and an MS in Reading Specialty. She spent five years working in human resources and three years working in finance before returning to her education roots as a Learning Expert Teacher at BASIS San Antonio Primary Medical Center. She is excited to continue to be a part of the BASIS Charter Schools family in her role as Head of Operations at BASIS San Antonio Primary North Central.
April Hallfrisch joined the BASIS San Antonio Primary North Central Campus in 2017 as a 4th grade Humanities teacher before beginning her role as an administrator in 2018.
April began her career in education in Southern Minnesota and relocated to Texas in 2006. With over 16 years of experience as an educator, she has worked diligently to establish a rigorous program and build a strong rapport with her students. Additionally, over the span of her educational career, April served as a middle and high school English teacher, English department chair, and was Teacher of the Year in 2017. April holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and is a Texas certified teacher.
As the Director of Academic Programs, April oversees the curriculum program and works closely with the teachers on the administration of testing and benchmarks. She believes that education creates an opportunity for all students to grow regardless of ability and background, and embraces the BASIS model of facilitating student growth through high expectations and academic support.
Veronica Alvarez is the Director of Student Affairs at BASIS San Antonio Primary North Central. She graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Theatre with a focus on performance and production, and also received a Master of Arts from Texas A & M University – San Antonio with a focus on Counseling and Guidance. Previously, Ms. Alvarez was a Dean of Students for last names A-L, which helped her develop skills and experience to tackle this role. In her spare time, she enjoys going to live sports events and concerts. Ms. Alvarez loves music, sports and all things art related. This will be Ms. Alvarez’s first year as a Director of Student Affairs and she could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to assist our teachers in mastering their craft, and encouraging children to make good behavior choices throughout the year. She is also looking forward to assisting with event planning to promote a positive school culture for our community.