Before joining the Blue Jay family as the Head of School, America Palmer served as the Director of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at BASIS San Antonio Primary – Medical Center Campus. Mrs. Palmer is excited about her transition to this new role and is eager to help create an enriching school community and culture at BASIS San Antonio Primary – North Central Campus.
Before finding BASIS, Mrs. Palmer worked as a contracted 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 developed programs to promote student academic success and college readiness. Mrs. Palmer brought with her a wealth of experience, having worked as grade level head, college counselor and school administrator.
Mrs. Palmer earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
Andrew Freeman joined BASIS North Central in 2014 after extensive work in higher education and cultural resources education. Andrew has served as a general education dean, university administrator and, most recently, as a deputy director at an archaeological research and education center specializing in prehistoric rock art. He has an extensive background in English and writing instruction and has implemented education and teacher training programs at a wide range of sites including the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Andrew holds a BA in English from Beloit College and an MA in English from Northwestern University. While attending his graduate program, Andrew also earned a certificate through the Chicago Area Writing Project, the Chicago affiliate of the National Writing Project.
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.
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.