John Hillis is the interim Head of School at BASIS DC. Mr. Hillis is now in his tenth year with BASIS.ed. He was Head of School at BASIS Scottsdale and BASIS Ahwatukee before managing many of our schools in Arizona. As the Associate VP for Charter Schools he supervised the opening of BASIS schools in San Antonio, McLean, Fremont and Manhattan. Until recently he was the Senior Vice President of BASIS Charter Schools before being named the Chief Advancement Officer. Mr. Hillis is based out of Scottsdale, AZ, but for the foreseeable future, you will find him at the BASIS DC school.
Portia Cameron joined BASIS DC in 2012. Ms. Cameron has held many roles for the school, and is currently the Head of Operations. Ms. P, as she is known, has been dedicated to BASIS DC families and students since the beginning. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in Speech Language Pathology and is pursuing her MEd and Supervision. Prior to joining BASIS DC, Ms. P taught in the Hampton City Public School System.
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.
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 MA in Psychology/Neuroscience and an MA in Education from American University. After becoming a teacher, he developed his leadership skills working for OSSE’s 2014–15 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, grades 6 and 7 physics and AP Physics teacher. His loves working at BASIS DC and 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.