Alex Rose-Henig joined BASIS DC in 2014, and originally started as the 6th/7th grade physics teacher, before working as the Dean of Students and AP Physics teacher for two years. For three years, Mr. Rose-Henig was one of BASIS DC’s directors, working to increase support for all of our students, and working to help students and families move towards graduation. Mr. Rose-Henig took over the role on Head of School in 2020.
While originally from California, Mr. Rose-Henig has lived in DC for the past 12 years. Before coming to BASIS DC, Mr. Rose-Henig worked at DC-area public schools (charter and traditional). He received his Master’s in Psychology and Master’s in Teaching, both from American University.
Mr. Rose-Henig is grateful to co-lead with Portia Cameron, an amazing team of school leaders and teachers. His door is always open. Feel free to reach out!
Rhonda Slade joined BASIS DC in the 2018–2019 school year as an English 8 and Honors English 10 Subject Expert Teacher.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, which lead her to an extensive career working with major corporations and nonprofits in Operations and Facilities Management. She ultimately served as the president and chief executive officer for the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, before returning to school to pursue a career in education.
Ms. Slade graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with a master’s degree in Teaching, Secondary English. Having taught at another DC charter school for the previous three years, she was enthusiastic about the opportunity to elevate rigor and rise to the challenge of teaching BASIS Charter School students.
Ms. Slade will miss teaching in the classroom, but is confident that she will continue to impact education on a larger scale. The skills she’s acquired over her 30-year career will serve BASIS DC students, faculty, and staff well.
Jerron Joe is a native Washingtonian who has been in the field of education for ten years. He has a BS in Physical Education from North Carolina Central University, and a MA 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 joining the BASIS DC 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.
Jordan Lewis has been in the BASIS network for the past five years and with BASIS DC for the past two. The last two years, she was in the position of Curriculum Coordinator, but is now taking on a new role as Director of Academic Programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Interiors from Liberty University, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Business Management and Human Resources. Jordan prides herself on being an avid learner and student, and is hoping to show students practical and manageable ways to succeed in school. She loves the mission and purpose of a BASIS education, and is inspired daily by the vigor, spirit, and spunk of BASIS DC students.
Lyndsey Brooks joined BASIS Charter Schools in 2015. Since then, Ms. Brooks has been working to make a significant impact through the various roles she has held over the years, and continues to do so as the Director of Auxiliary Programs at BASIS DC. Originally from the Tidewater area of Virginia, she began her career in Early Childhood Education. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Liberty University, she switched gears to Transitional and Therapeutic Counseling, before returning to the education field. Ms. Brooks has always had a passion for helping the youth.
Calvery Cooper has been growing and developing her teaching and coaching skills since joining BASIS DC in 2013 as a Teaching Fellow. She has since taught English in grades 5 and 6, became the Grade Level lead, and taught Upper School Creative Writing. She had also served as the Literacy Interventionist on the Student Support Team before accepting her current position as the Director of Planning and Instruction.
Calvery earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC, as well as her Master of Arts in Literature, Language, and the Humanities from Marymount University in Arlington VA. Before she came to BASIS DC, she served with the AmeriCorps, and then taught at other charter schools in the DC area. After years in the classroom, she realized that she could stay rooted to her true passion of teaching, while helping others in a broader audience. As an educator and now an Instructional Coach, she believes it is vital to remain connected to the work that teachers do in the classroom. Her goal is to help all teachers make a difference in the academic achievement of our students.
Gisselle Brown joined the BASIS family as the Special Education Coordinator, and eventually became the school’s first Director of Student Support Services. In this position, she oversees all activities related to student supports including the schools intervention programing, section 504 programing, academic support programing, special education programing, social-emotional learning programing, and English language learner programing.
Before joining the BASIS family, Ms. Brown spent 14 years in education serving as both a general and special educator, a teacher mentor, and a school administrator. She has worked in private, public, and charter schools in Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. She holds teaching certifications and endorsements in the areas of Social Science, Reading, Special Education, and English as a Second Language. She also holds a BA in History and Political Science from Virginia Union University, a MA in Social Science Education from The University of Central Florida, and a MEd in Special Education from George Mason University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at George Mason University. Her research focus areas are, the use of Response to Intervention in the Special Education evaluation process, critical discourse in student support services, and federal policies surrounding preparing general education pre-service teachers to work with students with disabilities.
She is excited about her current position, because it gives her the ability to use her knowledge and skill set to work with academic programing and student affairs to find creative and innovative ways to support students. It also gives her the ability to put her research into practice.