Dr. Stumpo is an experienced Head of School whose academic training is in Physics and Chemistry. He began his career in education 40 years ago, initially serving as a classroom teacher at the middle school, high school (AP), and university levels. He also contributed to his schools as an athletic coach (Track, Cross Country, Wrestling, and Football) before moving into administration. His leadership experience includes roles as Science Chair, Principal, and Head of School in a number of schools that have ranged from PK through grade 12 and with extensive programs in both AP and IB. Dr. Stumpo has completed the Harvard University School Leadership Program and received extensive training in School Leadership, Finance, Advancement, Admission, and Law.
Scott brings with him over twenty years of operations and management experience in multiple industries. A native of North Carolina, he studied History and Sociology at NC Wesleyan College and NC State University. Upon completion of his studies in 2001 he accepted the position of General Manager with Paradies-Lagardere, in Madison, Wisconsin; the youngest in the role at that time. In 2004 Scott moved to Houston, Texas and served in multiple General Manager roles before accepting a position with Haggar Clothing Co. in 2010. In 2019 he became the Director of Operations and Project Management for National Waste Partners in Phoenix, AZ and served in that role until accepting this new position with BASIS Scottsdale.
Ms. Hunt joined the BASIS Charter Schools in 2012. Previously, she served as a Subject Expert Teacher, Director, and Head of Operations at BASIS Chandler. Before joining BASIS Charter Schools, she worked for California State University in Sacramento, as well as an Archival Assistant for the California State Museum. Ms. Hunt earned her BA in History from the University of Oregon and her MA in History from Sacramento State University.
Mrs. Elisco joins the team at BASIS Scottsdale bringing extensive school leadership experience. Mrs. Elisco has previously held positions as Head of School at both BASIS Chandler Primary South and BASIS Phoenix Central. She was the Director of Academic Programs at BASIS Phoenix Central in the school’s inaugural year, and now brings 14 years of both classroom and administrative expertise to BASIS Scottsdale. Mrs. Elisco graduated with her BA from Arizona State University in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English. She continued as a proud ASU Sun Devil, completing two Masters Programs earning her first MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Language and Literacy and a second MEd in Educational Administration and Supervision- Principalship.
Mr. Wilkins began his career with BASIS Charter Schools at BASIS Chandler Primary North as the Director of Academic Programs. After two years in that role, he moved to the Director of Upper School Programs at BASIS Chandler. He looks forward to continuing in the role as Director of Upper School Programs and helping the students at BASIS Scottsdale achieve their very best through hard work and dedication.
Originally from South Yorkshire, England, Mr. Wilkins came to the United States in 1988, teaching Chemistry at The Spence School in New York City before moving to Arizona in 1994. His passion for teaching has helped many students achieve academic success in Chemistry over the years. Furthermore, his role as the Science Department Chair and Grade Level Coordinator at Phoenix Country Day School gave him a broad appreciation for administrative skills beyond the chemistry lab.
Mr. Wilkins graduated from Birmingham University, England, with a BS in Minerals Engineering, and then received a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Newcastle in Tyne, England. He completed his college experience at Arizona State University with an MEd in Administration and Supervision.
Niki Cuccinotto joined the BASIS Charter Schools network in 2018, as the Auxiliary Programs Coordinator at BASIS Phoenix Central. Her proficiency in process management and development of community partnerships led her to the Director of Operations role at BASIS Scottsdale. Ms. Cuccinotto has two bachelors’ degrees from Arizona State University in Biological Sciences and History. She also holds a minor in Spanish Language. Her background is in nonprofit management, teacher training, and STEM curriculum design for preK-grade 12 students. She previously held positions at the Musical Instrument Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History, and the Arizona Science Center. She has managed grants and is a member of the fundraising board for Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, so working closely with fundraising for BASIS Scottsdale’s Annual Teacher Fund has been a seamless transition. Her favorite aspect of working in BASIS Charter Schools is watching students express themselves, share their talents and unique personalities through clubs, athletics, and honor societies.