Brittany Walker

Brittany Walker

Interim Head of School

Mrs. Walker started her career with BASIS Charter Schools as the Director of Lower School at BASIS Scottsdale. In 2018–19 she served as the Director of Students Affairs at BASIS Scottsdale Primary East until taking on the role of Head of School. Mrs. Walker earned her BA in Elementary Education and her Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision along with her Principal Certification from Arizona State University.

She has ten years of experience working for charter school organizations in a variety of capacities. She has spent her career in education working as an Elementary School Teacher, Instructional Coach, and Vice Principal. Mrs. Walker has worked with a wide range of students throughout the Phoenix area. She believes it is an honor to lead such an exceptional school and provide students with a world-class education. She values a partnership with families and the community, and believes it is an essential part of education. Mrs. Walker has confidence that with high expectations, and a positive learning environment, all BASIS Charter School students can thrive and be successful.

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Steve McElwain

Head of Operations

Mr. McElwain joined BASIS Curriculum Schools in January of 2019 as the Head of Operations for BASIS Scottsdale Primary East. His background is in business and operations management with over fifteen years in the financial industry. He joined BASIS Curriculum Schools after serving the residents of Arizona for six years as the Senior Financial Enterprise Regulator at the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions. In his role as the Senior Regulator and state representative in the Financial Services Industry he ensured the confidence of the state’s economic health and the integrity of financial enterprises operating in Arizona.

Mr. McElwain graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2003 with a degree in Business. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2001, serving our nation until 2011, and is a Veteran of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. During his time in the Marine Corps, Mr. McElwain completed his Master’s degree in Financial Management and briefly was a teacher of book keeping and accounting at a vocational school in Lake Forrest, California at night while still on active duty. Mr. McElwain moved to Arizona in 2006 after leaving active duty and began working as the Accounts Receivables Manager for a local utility company before being involuntarily recalled to active duty in 2007 where he was sent to Djibouti, Africa to assist in the command and manage operations for the Camp Lemonier Joint Anti- Terrorism base and the security operations for the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti. He returned taking both his education and military experience to successfully manage and regulate businesses and financial enterprises. Mr. McElwain has a long record of service and is proud to serve the families of BASIS Charter Schools.

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Whitney Triplett

Whitney Triplett

Director of Academic Programs

Whitney Triplett joined the BASIS Scottsdale Primary East team in the summer of 2016 as the Curriculum Coordinator, and is very excited to move into her new role as Director of Academic Programs. She has spent many years working and volunteering with elementary and middle school children in various capacities. During her time volunteering as a reading tutor at elementary schools in Santa Barbara, Ms. Triplett realized her passion for education. Ms. Triplett attended the University of California Santa Barbara and received her BA in Psychology.

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