After receiving her BFA in Art Education from the University of Arizona (Summa Cum Laude) and Master’s in Educational Leadership at Arizona State University (Summa Cum Laude), Dania Gold joined BASIS Curriculum Schools.
Ms. Gold started her career with BASIS back in 2011 when she helped open and establish BASIS Chandler. In addition to implementing and creating the 5-12 art curriculum as the Head of the Art Department, Dania Gold also had the opportunity to mentor new teachers. After working at BASIS Chandler for four years, she transferred to BASIS Scottsdale Primary to open and establish the K-4 program. Ms. Gold served as the Director of Student Affairs and the Director of Academic Programs.
While working at BASIS Scottsdale Primary, Ms. Gold fell in love with the BASIS primary model. She is passionate about the primary curriculum because it focuses on instilling fundamental skills that prepare students for high academic expectations in the 5-12 program. Students establish the study skills, organizational skills, social skills, critical thinking skills, and academic mindset they need to succeed throughout their entire educational careers. In 2016, Ms. Gold transferred to open and establish BASIS Chandler Primary North Campus as the Head of School.
Ms. Gold is thrilled to have the opportunity to open and establish BASIS Scottsdale Primary-West for the 2018-2019 school year.
Ms. Gold considers it an honor to be able to provide students and families with the world-class education through BASIS Curriculum Schools. She is looking forward to instilling a true love of learning in each and every one of her students.
Bio coming soon!
Holly Roberts is a seasoned educator with elementary certification and an endorsement in English as a Second Language. Ms. Roberts has sixteen years of classroom experience as a passionate and innovative teacher of elementary and middle school students.
Ms. Roberts earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona, as well as her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with graduate coursework in Curriculum and Instruction. Her commitment to life-long professional learning also led to the completion of extensive training and coursework in literacy development, differentiated instruction, and inclusive educational practices.
Ms. Roberts has always loved being a teacher-leader, and also brings with her experience as an instructional coach and mentor teacher to many of her colleagues. She joined BASIS.ed in 2017 as a Learning Expert Teacher at the BASIS Scottsdale Primary East campus. Ms. Roberts is ecstatic about joining BASIS Scottsdale Primary West in its inaugural year, and being able to impact the learning and achievement of all students in her role as Director of Academic Programs.
Sarah Curtiss is an experienced and passionate teacher with over ten years of classroom experience. She began her career in 2008 after graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Structured English Immersion. Mrs. Curtiss began her profession with the Kyrene School District where she taught Kindergarten and Fourth Grade before moving to Beijing, China to teach Kindergarten at MIK International. While at MIK International, Mrs. Curtiss also had the opportunity to work as the Assistant Principal helping design curriculum, implementing teacher training opportunities, and working with teachers and students in the classrooms on a daily basis. After living abroad for over five years, Mrs. Curtiss returned to Arizona in 2016, and helped establish the new BASIS Chandler Primary North Campus as a Second Grade Humanities teacher.
Mrs. Curtiss first learned about the success of BASIS schools from Beijing through research and word of mouth from her family in Arizona. She quickly fell in love with the BASIS model and was determined to get a job at any BASIS school upon her return to the United States. After working in a variety of environments and systems, she loves the two-teacher model that BASIS offers, which she believes provides opportunities for huge personal growth and better prepares students for the challenges that lie ahead of them.
Mrs. Curtiss is excited to help open our new BASIS Scottsdale Primary – West location for this upcoming school year and getting to know all our new students and helping them become successful both inside and outside of the classroom.