BASIS DC’s Head of School is Jill Garrett, who is entering her sixth year at the school and her eleventh year in education. With experience as a teacher, college counselor, and school leader, Jill is dedicated to raising academic achievement for all students, creating a school environment in which students are happy, healthy, and productive, and fostering strong communication and collaboration between the school and families. Jill earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College and her M.A. in Secondary Education from New York University, and she has experience in both NYC public schools and DC public charter schools.
Portia Cameron joined BASIS D.C. in 2012. She has had many roles throughout the school, and is currently the Head of Operations. Ms. P, as she is known, has been dedicated to the BASIS D.C.’s families and students since the beginning. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Speech Language Pathology and is pursuing her Masters of Education and Supervision. Prior to BASIS, Mrs. Cameron taught in the Hampton City Public School System.
Mr. Jerron Joe is a native Washingtonian who has been in the field of education for ten years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from North Carolina Central University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of the District of Columbia. His passion for education has given him the opportunity to work with a diverse group of students in various capacities. Before becoming a member of the BASIS D.C. family, he served as a Physical Education teacher and Head Football Coach at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. Mr. Joe has been an integral member of the BASIS DC team serving as Dean of Students, and now as Director of Student Affairs.
Alex has been a teacher and school administrator working in both public and public charter schools in DC. His background is in both research academics and education, receiving his BA from American University, a Master of Arts in Psychology/Neuroscience and a Master of Arts in Education from American University. After becoming a teacher, he developed his leadership skills working for OSSE’s 2014-2015 Science Educators Leadership cadre. He is also on the Mayor’s Bullying-Prevention Task Force, and on the Every Student Succeeds Act Task Force with the State Board of Education. At BASIS DC, he has worked as the Director of Student Interventions, Dean of Students, 6th and 7th grade physics and AP Physics teacher. His passion working at BASIS DC is in providing rigorous and equitable education for all students working to develop and implement a Restorative Justice program, supporting students and families, and collaborating with other citywide organizations bringing in partners and funding to build school climate. He is excited to be working as the Director of Academic programs helping students progress through their promotional and graduation requirements.
Alexandra Cozell joined BASIS DC in 2018 as its first Academic Dean, and is currently the Director of Student Interventions. In her 7th year as an educator in Washington, DC, she has developed a passion for closing the achievement gap and ensuring that all students have access to a world class education. Her commitment to developing programs that prepare students to compete globally was fostered while completing part of her undergraduate studies at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. An alumnae of Goucher College, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture. She is currently pursuing a MEd from George Mason University in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Assistive Technology. Before joining the BASIS DC family, Alexandra was a special educator in DC Public Charter Schools, teaching students with diversity in background and ability. Her work with both students and families instilled a firm belief that all students are capable of finding success. Alexandra is dedicated to supporting the BASIS DC community of learning and engaging all stakeholders in pursuing academic success for every BASIS student.
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