Mesa Faculty & Staff
ON SITE MANAGERS
David Hubalik moves from Head of Operations for BASIS Mesa to Head of School. Prior to transferring to our Mesa campus Mr. Hubalik worked as the Head of Operations for BASIS Peoria; he also served as the School Director and Head of Operations of BASIS Flagstaff. In that role, he was responsible for the financial operations of the school, maintenance and development of the school premises, IT services delivery, IT equipment operation, and operations of auxiliary programs. Prior to helping to open BASIS Flagstaff in the Fall of 2011, David taught Physical Geography and AP Environmental Science at BASIS Scottsdale. While at BASIS Scottsdale David coached the BASIS Scottsdale Lower School Science Bowl team to a regional championship; the team qualified for and competed at the National Science Bowl event in Washington D.C. David is a native of Arizona and graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Christine earned a BS in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. Prior to joining BASIS Mesa Ms. Clauss worked as the Operations Assistant at BASIS Chandler for two years. When not working she LOVEs to play both indoor and sand volleyball; enjoys hiking, cycling, scrapbooking, and working on art projects around the house.
Brian Jones, our student support coordinator and Spanish teacher, is eager to be the BASIS Mesa School Director. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education, he earned a Master's in Language, Reading and Culture. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Educational Administration at Grand Canyon University. Brian’s professional achievements include being a Teacher Consultant for the 2010 Southern Arizona Writing Project (SAWP) where he designed and delivered a teaching demonstration on writing instruction in two languages. Shortly after this presentation, Brian was asked to join the Board of Directors. He is remains active in SAWP as a teaching consultant for the Bilingual Writing Education Program and is also a Writers Group Member.
As School Director, Brian will continue his role as student advocate, parent resource, and educator. His mission as an educator is steering our youth in the right direction. Since educators impact lives, he takes his profession seriously and is proud to have that responsibility. He loves working with students because of their enthusiasm and passion for life.
Ms. Kristen Ramos comes to BASIS Mesa from BASIS Scottsdale where she served as the Upper School director and Student Support Coordinator and Special Education Specialist previous to that. Prior to BASIS, Ms. Ramos acquired 8 years of teaching experience in a special education environment. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Special Education and returned to ASU earning a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and a second Master's degree in Education Administration. Ms. Ramos enjoys spending time with her two children Serena and Francisco and also likes to cheer on the Arizona State Sun Devil football team!
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors in children's psychology, Master’s degree in Education - Cognitive Processes
Relevant Experience: Taught English and Spanish to students from pre-school to University for more than 20 years in Mexico and the USA. Has been a special education teacher and a parent liaison. Was a school psychologist in Mexico, coordinated a center for tutoring and that provided academic remedial support to students with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. A member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, participates in the Mexico Arizona Commission and at the Mexican Consulate. Graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute of East Valley Mesa from Valle del Sol.
Hobbies/Interests: Read, hike. Once did dance Flamenco and did Karate. Loves anything that has to do with culture.
Subject(s) Teaching: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry, Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology
Relevant Experience: Taught Mathematics and Statistics at BASIS Scottsdale. Performed biochemistry research at UW Madison, University of California, and Brown University.
Hobbies/Interests: Ocean and forest exploration, biodiversity, literature, working in the lab, swimming, astronomy.
Subject(s) Teaching: Physical Geography
Degree(s) Earned: BS Geology
Relevant Experience: Teacher at BASIS Phoenix, Scientist at ARCADIS
Hobbies/Interests: Running, camping, hiking, rollerblading, painting, reading
Subject(s) Teaching: Music (Instrumental, Choral)
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelor of Music--Music Education
Relevant Experience: 14 years band & orchestra, 9 years choir, 1 year teaching
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, SciFi, rock climbing, sewing
Subject(s) Teaching: French
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelor of science in Business
Relevant Experience: Tutoring various ages and tutoring home schooled families
Hobbies/Interests: Motorcycles/ food and Beverge
Subject(s) Teaching: Mandarin
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelor's Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
Relevant Experience: Worked as a Mandarin teacher for over 6 years in Philippines, Thailand and China.
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Traveling, Pet training, Movies
Subject(s) Teaching: 5th General Science, AP Environmental Science
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education
Relevant Experience: Taught 8 years of middle school science
Hobbies/Interests: NASA, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, golfing, extended wilderness trips
Subject(s) Teaching: Mathematics
Degree(s) Earned: BS Mathematics
Relevant Experience: As a volunteer, I taught math to sixth graders in Phoenix, and under my coaching they placed first in their math challenge district competition
Hobbies/Interests: Camping, fishing, watching sports, enjoying a cup of coffee, spending quality time with friends and family and meeting new people.
Subject(s) Teaching: Chemistry
Degree(s) Earned: AA, B.Ed., M.Ed
Relevant Experience: 36 years high school chemistry, 23 years adjunct at a community college teaching chemistry & developing online curriculum
Hobbies/Interests: Sewing, fiber arts, reading, travel, gardening, camping.
Subject(s): Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology/Biochemistry), Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Relevant Experience: Over seven years of experience teaching Chemistry (High School and College level), Earth Science, Environmental Science and Physical Science (all at High School level). Also have over 20 years of experience working in various biochemical and biotechnology laboratories.
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Trail Running and Travel
Subject(s)Teaching: World History 7th and 8th Grade
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors in History and Africana Studies, Masters in History for Secondary Education
Relevant Experience: Taught 9th grade Honors and College Prep World History last year in Massachusetts, Teaching Assistant in College, Tutor for high and middle school students in graduate school
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, running, reading, sports, crafting, cooking
Subject(s) Teaching: Mathematics
Degree(s) Earned: BS Mathematics - Summa Cum Laude
Relevant Experience: Hundley Center Tutor
Hobbies/Interests: Reading and Dance
Subject(s) Teaching: AP Calc, Precalc, Algebra 1 and 2, Physics, PreAlgebra, and ACT/SAT test prep
Degree(s) Earned: BA Mathematics Education
Relevant Experience: Taught mathematics for over 10 years, will complete my MEd in Mathematics Education by Oct 2013.
Hobbies/Interests: Natural health and fitness- yoga, taichi, YAYOG;
Subject(s) Teaching: AP U.S. Government & Politics; U.S. History
Degree(s) Earned: BA in History with an emphasis in secondary education
Relevant Experience: Taught at Seton High School courses: Economics, AP Economics, World History, US History, Sociology, and Psychology. Executive director at three Sylvan Learning Centers in East Mesa.
Subject(s) Teaching: Language Arts
Degree(s) Earned: BA and MA
Relevant Experience: English teacher / Educational Leadership
Hobbies/Interests: Movies, traveling, good books
Subject(s) Teaching: Classics, Logic, and Foundations of Law
Degree(s) Earned: Ph.D., JD, and BA, History
Relevant Experience: Taught Ancient History and the History of Modern Europe at ASU for two years.
Hobbies/Interests: Wheelchair racing, soccer, and intellectual history
Subject(s) Teaching: Economics
Degree(s) Earned: BS Economics
Relevant Experience: Tutored for several years.
Subject(s) Teaching: Latin
Degree(s) Earned: BA, M.Ed
Relevant Experience: Worked on an archeological excavation in Italy,
Hobbies/Interests: reading, cooking, spending time with my children
Subject(s) Teaching: Drama
Degree(s) Earned: BA York University, Performing Arts- American Musical Dramatic Academy
Relevant Experience: Lead role in the Broadway Musical "HAIR", worked professionally in NYC and toured the United States and Europe as a singer/dancer/actor, owned a dance school in Westchester County, NY and taught ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop
Hobbies/Interests: Family, Travel, Zumba & Karate
Subject(s) Teaching: PE
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors - Brigham Young University
Relevant Experience: Taught at Lehi High School
Subject(s) Teaching: Physics
Degree(s) Earned: Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University
Relevant Experience: 2 years of teaching Physics and Math at the High School level. 10+ years of experience teaching Engineering, Math, Physics and Electronics at the college level, 5 years of experience as an Engineer.
Subject(s) Teaching: 5th Grade Language Arts (Reading), English 7, Honors Literature
Degree(s) Earned: BA English - Writing and Rhetoric from Pepperdine University, MA English from Claremont Graduate University
Relevant Experience: Taught English for six years at the college and university levels
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, traveling abroad
Subject(s) Teaching: Art
Degree(s) Earned: BFA - Brigham Young University
Relevant Experience: 1.5 years teaching in schools, Additional years teaching in private sector
Hobbies/Interests: Running, Rock Climbing, Canyoneering/Hiking, & Traveling.
Subject(s) teaching: English 6, English 8, Honors Language
Degree(s) Earned: B.A. English - University of Dallas
Relevant Experience: This is my 12th year teaching English. I spent the last 6 years teaching Pre-AP English I and II at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. Prior to that, I taught Pre-AP & Gifted and Talented English I and English III at The Academy of Irving.
Hobbies/Interests: My main interest outside of school is my family. On the weekends, you'll find me at the zoo or taking my kids to their various activities. I volunteer time at my church as a Sunday school teacher.
Yi Fei Wu
Subject(s) Teaching: Biology
Degree(s) Earned: Ph.D
Degree(s) earned: Bachelor's degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Political Science from the University of Maine.
Relevant Experience: Worked at an after school program while in high school. Was also a camp director/art director for three years at a summer program in Essex, VT
Hobbies/Interests: Enjoying the outdoors, baking, various DIY house projects and traveling to new places!
Degree(s) Earned:B.A. in communication with a minor is sociology from the University of Arizona.
Relevant Experience: Worked at BASIS Oro Valley for two years prior to moving to Phoenix. Prior to that I was a nanny for several families in the Tucson area.
Hobbies/Interests: enjoy reading, baking, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and learning new things.
Degree(s) Earned: AS in IT Computer Network Systems, Currently working on my BS in Information Systems and Cyber Security.
Relevant Experience: Desktop Administrator for the past 1.5 years supporting Intel’s Ocotillo site in Chandler.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, movies, Texas hold'em, golf, and volleyball.
Degree(s) Earned: BS Degree in Computer Science
Relevant Experience: Before joining BASIS, worked 25+ years as a project and software engineer.
Hobbies/Interests: Baking, genealogy, hiking, musicals, reading, and travel.
Degree(s) Earned: Currently enrolled, actively working toward B.Ed. at Chandler-Gilbert Community College through their Connect2NAU program.
Relevant Experience: Previously worked at a daycare, working with children kindergarten through sixth. Assisted with the school aged children during the summer months, playing games, assisting on field trips and entertaining them. During the school months, would help the children with any questions on homework and also entertained them once homework was all done.
Hobbies/Interests: Loves seeing movies, traveling, going on cruises, shopping and hanging out with family.