Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason

Head of School

Ms. Mason joined BASIS in 2007. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Classics from the University of Arizona. Before coming to BASIS, she worked as a graduate student in Roman archaeology, and subsequently as a lecturer at both the UA and the UA’s Study Abroad Program in Orvieto, Italy. In 2010, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to the American Academy in Rome’s Classical Summer School. Ms. Mason originally joined BASIS Tucson to establish the 5th grade Latin and Classics program. She later served as the Head of School at BASIS Oro Valley from 2013-2016. During her tenure, BASIS Oro Valley received numerous national accolades, including being ranked #1 America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post. In 2014, Ms. Mason led the opening of BASIS Oro Valley Primary, adding grades Kindergarten to 4th grade to the BASIS Oro Valley campus. Ms. Mason then joined BASIS.ed as Associate Vice President for two years, but seized the opportunity to return to a school in 2018. She is proud to serve the exceptional teachers, staff, and families at BASIS Tucson Primary as the Head of School.

Contact Michelle Mason

Weston Akins

Weston Akins

Head of Operations

Mr. Akins is entering his Eighth year of employment with BASIS and his 16th year as a member of the BASIS community. Mr. Akins attended BASIS Tucson from the 7th-12th grade and is a proud alumni. He returned as a school monitor while pursuing his Bachelors of Mathematics at the University of Arizona and has enjoyed being a part of and watching the BASIS program grow and accomplish tremendous things over the past seven years. He then served BASIS Tucson Primary as the Facilities Coordinator, Front Office Staff, Late Bird Supervisor, Auxiliary Programs Coordinator, and Substitute Teacher. Mr. Akins served as Head of Operations for the 2015/16 school year at our sister campus BASIS Flagstaff. As much as he enjoyed the cooler weather, amazing staff, and students at BASIS Flagstaff he was more than excited to return to BASIS Tucson Primary as Head of Operations in the summer of 2016.

Everyday Mr. Akins is excited to come and work with some of the most talented and passionate people there are. He is always thrilled to see the tremendous learning that takes place daily at BASIS Tucson Primary and looks forward helping improve our already spectacular school and the world-class education it provides.

Contact Weston Akins

Audra Koste

Audra Koste

Director of Academic Programs

Audra received her BS from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English as a Second Language. She has been an educator for 15 years at a public school in Tucson before coming to teach at BASIS. Previously she taught 3rd through 5th graders, working extensively with English Language Learners literacy programs. Audra started teaching as a LET at BASIS Tucson Primary in 2014 before transitioning in to the position of Director of Academic Programs.

Contact Audra Koste

Julie Roper-Moulton

Julie Moulton-Roper

Director of Student Affairs

Julie Moulton-Roper is the Director of Student Affairs for BASIS Tucson Primary. She joined the BASIS Tucson team in 2013 and has taught both 1st and 2nd grade Humanities. Previous teaching experience includes 3rd and 4th grades in charter and traditional public schools. In addition to teaching, she has also enjoyed a career in commercial real estate banking in various US cities. She received her BA in Speech Communication from the University of Denver and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Contact Julie Moulton-Roper