Alex Rose-Henig joined BASIS DC in 2014, as a physics teacher for grades 6–7, before working as the Dean of Students and AP Physics teacher for two years. Mr. Rose-Henig spent several years as a director working to increase support for all of our students, and help students and families move successfully toward graduation. Mr. Rose-Henig became the Head of School in 2020.
While originally from California, Mr. Rose-Henig has lived in DC for 12 years. Before coming to BASIS DC, he worked at DC-area public schools (charter and traditional). He received master’s degrees in Psychology and Teaching, both from American University.
Mr. Rose-Henig is grateful to be part of an amazing team of school leaders and teachers. In his words, “My 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 joined BASIS DC in 2019 as the Curriculum Coordinator. She moved into the role of Director of Academic Programs in 2021. 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 Charter School education, and is inspired daily by the vigor, spirit, and spunk of BASIS DC students.
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.
Derrick Clayton joined BASIS DC in the summer of 2021 as the new Director of Student Support Services. Prior to joining BASIS DC, he served in a similar role throughout the DC metro area, and most recently in Baltimore, where he served as a Special Education Coordinator within the Baltimore County Public Schools system. Mr. Clayton started his career in education as a special education teacher in the DC Public Schools and during his career has taught students from kindergarten through high school. Mr. Clayton attended Howard University for both undergraduate (BA, Sociology) and graduate school (MEd, Special Education.)
Mr. Clayton came to BASIS DC for the opportunity to help assist students needing varying levels of student support services in order to realize their full academic potential. Mr. Clayton is excited to be part of the BASIS DC family and looks forward to working with our community.