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America Palmer

Head of School

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!

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Marta Wasiewicz

Head of Operations

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.

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Gina Jurado

Gina Jurado

Director of Academic Programs

Gina Jurado opened the North Central campus in 2014 as the Student Services Coordinator, following over a decade of service as a general education, bilingual, dual language and special education teacher and assessment administrator for grades ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school. Gina was promoted to the position of Director of Academic Programs in 2017. Gina holds an undergraduate degree in business administration, and a graduate degree as an educational diagnostician. She also holds certificates and endorsements in special education, bilingual education, and educational diagnostics.

As the Director of Academic Programs, Gina oversees curriculum, and works closely with teachers on the administration of assessments and benchmarks. Gina 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.

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April Hallfrisch

Director of Student Affairs

April Hallfrisch joined the BASIS San Antonio North Central Primary campus in 2017 as a 4th grade Humanities teacher before beginning her role as the Director of Student Affairs.

April began her career in education in Southern Minnesota and relocated to Texas in 2006. With over 15 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 Student Affairs, April manages the student behavior program working closely with the deans and students on conduct and behavioral expectations. In her role as the Director of Student Affairs, she looks forward to assisting with school-wide events, nurturing a positive school culture, and building a strong community that will grow even stronger over the years.

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