Tyler Garvey

Tyler Garvey

Head of School

Tyler Garvey joined BASIS Scottsdale in 2011 as a middle and high school math teacher. After three years of teaching, he served as Director of Academic Programs for the school before returning to the classroom in 2018.

Mr. Garvey earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Colorado and began teaching in Burlington, VT in 2007. While at BASIS Scottsdale, he has helped pilot the new Algebra 1 curriculum, served as the faculty advisor for NHS and coached the track team.

Mr. Garvey will miss being in the classroom, but in his new role as Head of School, he is looking forward to connecting with the BASIS Scottsdale students, parents, and teachers.

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Kimberly Hunt

Kimberley Hunt

Head of Operations

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.

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Dean Wilkins

Dean Wilkins

Director of Upper School Program

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.

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Nicole Cuccinotto

Niki Cuccinotto

Director of Operations

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.

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Paul Flores

Paul Flores

Director of Academic Programs

Paul Flores joined BASIS Scottsdale in 2017 as a History 7 Subject Expert Teacher. During his time at BASIS Scottsdale, Mr. Flores also taught Spanish 7 and AP U.S. History, as well as being the head coach for the Junior High Coed, Junior High Boys, and Varsity Boys soccer teams.

Mr. Flores earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and a Masters in Education from Grand Canyon University. His time spent coaching club soccer in Anthem, AZ instilled in him a love for teaching and led him to begin his master’s degree program to pursue a career in education.

Mr. Flores will miss teaching and the daily interaction/rapport building with the students, but he is looking forward to working with teachers and supporting them, as well as the school, in surpassing their educational goals while maintaining the high level of education for which BASIS Charter Schools are known.

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