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Elizabeth Thies - Head of School
Elizabeth Thies
Head of School | Grades 6-12
Elizabeth Thies is the Head of School for grades 6-12 at BASIS Oro Valley. She was formally the Director of Students Affairs at BASIS Oro Valley from 2014-2016. Before that time, she was the Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Academic Support Advisor and a teacher at BASIS Tucson and then BASIS Tucson North. Since she began working at BASIS in 2007, Elizabeth has developed successful Academic Support programs for grades 5-12, created a curriculum for a unique Upper School Study Skills course, built a successful sports program, and coached three different high school soccer teams to SAAA league championships. Ms. Thies holds a Masters in Educational Psychology and a BS in Liberal Studies from Northern Arizona University. Before joining the BASIS staff, Ms. Thies was a member of the Tucson Police Department and also served as a noncommissioned officer in the United States Army. In her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar, running, riding her bike, and spending time with her family. In addition to being a BASIS administrator, Ms. Thies is also a mother of two girls: Madelynn, a BASIS Tucson North graduate and Sarah, who is getting ready to enter her first year of college at Northern Arizona University.

Eileen Finnerty-rae - Head of School
Eileen Finnerty-Rae
Head of School | Grades K-5
Eileen moved from Illinois to Arizona in order to attend the University of Arizona. There she earned her PhD in Soil, Water, and Environmental Science with a focus on Soil Microbiology. She worked as an Environmental Consultant conducting habitat assessments and native plant preservation analyses before beginning her teaching career. Eileen has taught 5th grade science, AP Environmental Science, and 8th grade Biology at BASIS. She was also honored to teach a Medical Science course at BASIS Oro Valley in conjunction with the Telemedicine Department of the University of Arizona. After revising the 5th grade Science curriculum, Eileen was recruited as the Curriculum Coordinator for the K-4 Program where she developed the science curriculum and coordinated the development of the other K-4 subject areas.

Lashawn Shorbe - Head of Operations
Lashawn Shorbe
Head of Operations | Grades 6-12

William Kipling - Head of Operations
William Kipling
Head of Operations | Grades K-5

Cameron Louis - Director of Student Affairs
Cameron Louis
Director of Student Affairs | Grades 6-12

Jennifer Ramirez - Director of Student Affairs
Jennifer Ramirez
Director of Student Affairs | Grades K-5

Monika Mendoza- Director of Academic Programs
Monika Mendoza
Director of Academic Programs | Grades 6-12

Michael Scionti- Director of Academic Programs
Michael Scionti
Director of Academic Programs | Grades K-5




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