Dr. Clark is the Head of School. He joined the network of BASIS Charter, Independent, and International Schools in 2010. Most recently he was the Head of School at BASIS International School Shenzhen. Previous to his work in China, he worked as the Head of School at BASIS Flagstaff. While there, he led the school to impressive national academic achievements.
Dr. Clark graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History and Philosophy and a MA in History before he continued to earn his PhD from University of Arizona in 2013. His main areas of concentration were late-medieval and early-modern European history, and world/comparative history. He began his tenure at BASIS Charter Schools as a teacher of history and Latin at BASIS Tucson and BASIS Tucson North. He is excited to be back home in Tucson (and at our campus) and cannot imagine a more challenging or fulfilling place to work than a BASIS Charter School.
Mr. Velasco has served as an educator for more than 20 years, with diverse experience in teaching and instructional design, including undergraduate level experience. He joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2014 employed for BASIS Tucson Primary as an Engineering teacher, as an Auxiliary Programs Coordinator the year after and as a Facilities Coordinator for the following two years. His progressive experience in the area of operations has provided him with opportunities, new responsibilities and challenges within the BASIS Charter Schools network, where he served as Director of Operations at BASIS Tucson North for two consecutive years.
Prior to joining BASIS Charter Schools, Mr. Velasco was employed as a Mathematics teacher for the Tucson Unified School District, as an Adjunct Faculty member for Pima Community College, as a Professor for Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Cananea, and as a Computer Systems Engineer for the mining corporation Grupo Mexico.
For Mr. Velasco, education is a journey full of adventure, challenges and reward. He strongly believes that as educators, we have a compelling obligation to excite students’ imaginations and to direct student learning in such a way that the new challenges brought about by our changing world are successfully negotiated. BASIS Charter Schools has the potential to revolutionize the educational system, and he is honored to be part of such talented and professional team of educators!
Linda Swango is the Director of Upper School Programs. Prior to joining BASIS Tucson North, she worked as a teacher, instructional coach and school administrator for 30 years in the Sunnyside Unified School District. She has a BA in Elementary Education and MA in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona.
Mike Scionti is the Director of Academic Programs. He began teaching music at BASIS Tucson in 2011, having previously taught in Brazil, Mexico, and Russia. Prior to joining BASIS Tucson North, he helped open the primary BASIS Charter Schools in Tucson and Oro Valley, as well as the BASIS Independent School in Manhattan. He has a bachelor’s degree in Music and master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona.
Andres Navarro joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2014 as a Teaching Fellow at BASIS Tucson Primary. He knew that BASIS was where he wanted to be from day one in the classroom with the students. In 2016, he transitioned to a lead Kindergarten teacher before moving to his current role as the Director of Middle School Programs at BASIS Tucson North in 2020. In this role, he was eager to continue working with the many students he taught and supported since joining BASIS. His goal as the Director of Middle School Programs is to be an advocate and support the students so they are successful at BASIS and in life.
Mr. Navarro received his Bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining BASIS Charter Schools, he was an education reporter in Fairfield, CA. It was during this time that he discovered the wonderful things that students and educators are capable of achieving.Bio coming soon.