Supporting teachers and students on their paths toward excellence
Service-oriented and eager to help, our leadership, administration, and staff are champions of the school community. While their key focus is supporting the teachers in the classroom, they work hard to ensure every student and family has a positive experience. Whether they are the front-and-center, visible faces of our school or the unsung, behind-the-scenes heroes, leadership, administration, and staff are invaluable in upholding our culture and values.
Ms. Angkham Associate Head of School, Upper School
Ms. Angkham received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in Comparative Religious Studies, and Sex and Gender Studies from San José State University. While pursuing her academics, she also helped build schools in Mexico, provided Katrina Relief to residents of New Orleans, advocated for students as an elected member of the student body, and presented at various academic conferences throughout the country. She found her love of teaching and was a classroom teacher for grade 1 and grades 5-8. After a decade in the classroom, she joined BISV’s Student Affairs department as the Dean of Students for grades 8 and 9. Ms. Angkham then had the opportunity to work with our seniors as a member of the College Counseling department. Outside of school hours, Ms. Angkham can often be found advocating for underrepresented groups, cosplaying and crafting, playing tabletop games, performing karaoke, growing succulents, and finding adventures. Her most memorable ones include a solo trip to New Zealand in April 2018 in which she explored the country for 10 days: camping in a van, hiking the hillsides, and spelunking in glow worm caves. She looks forward to the new adventures coming her way!
Ms. Batrachenko College Counselor
Ms. Batrachenko holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biophysics from Harvard University and a Master’s of Science in Medical Physics from Duke University. She taught Physics at BASIS Phoenix for two years and has one-on-one teaching experience with all levels of high school mathematics and physical science courses. Ms. Batrachenko is excited to work with faculty and students to support and enrich the rigorous academic culture of the school and the individual growth of each student. Ms. Batrachenko chose BASIS Independent Silicon Valley for its exceptional faculty and staff, as well as the teaching philosophy that encourages curiosity and in-depth learning. She believes that supporting students in developing a sense of mastery over their own education leads to self-confidence, creativity, and independence in their personal and professional lives. Outside of the school, Ms. Batrachenko enjoys preparing and sampling food, moving through space and time (especially with music), and being outdoors with flowers, trees, and water. As a fun fact, she once soldered a circuit switchboard that was used as one of the numerous equipment pieces to create and study antihydrogen atoms at CERN.
Mr. Bosley Dean of Students: TK-Grade 2, Lower School
Mr. Bosley, an educator with over a decade of experience, is the Dean of Students at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower Campus. A native of Indiana, Mr. Bosley holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Evansville, a Master of Music degree in woodwind performance from Ball State University (BSU), and completion of coursework toward his Doctor of Musical Arts in classical saxophone performance. He is currently working on an Ed.D in Education Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. He has been working within the BASIS Independent network of schools since 2017. Brian’s previous experience within BASIS Independent schools includes teaching elementary general music, middle and high school musical theater, middle and high school band, and serving as the Middle School Dean of Students for BASIS Independent Fremont Upper. Prior to living in the Bay Area, Mr. Bosley taught elementary general music, middle school band, undergraduate music appreciation, and undergraduate music performance. Mr. Bosley strives to create an inspirational and positive learning atmosphere. He enjoys motivating students through transparency of short-term progress; awareness of success helps maintain a continued interest in long-term goals. BASIS Independent Silicon Valley’s terrific reputation, outstanding faculty administration, and ambitious student body are what led Mr. Bosley to the school. Mr. Bosley continues to be motivated by helping students achieve their highest potential from a young age and working in an environment supportive of this goal is what Mr. Bosley loves about BISV Lower.
Mr. Bracamonte Communications Manager
Mr. Bracamonte holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from San Jose State University. After graduating college, he pursued his love for animals and worked as a client service representative and veterinary assistant at a local Bay Area animal hospital. At the animal hospital, Mr. Bracamonte gained expertise in customer satisfaction, client-hospital relations, and content creation for social media presence, along with caring for dogs and cats. As the Communications Manager at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, Mr. Bracamonte takes pride in showcasing student achievements and recognition through social media posts, newsletters and weekly emails. He can often be seen in classrooms taking pictures and videos of student projects, singing rehearsals, and at sport competitions. When Mr. Bracamonte is not on campus, he loves to spend his time outdoors in nature. His favorite place to visit is Yosemite National Park and he’s been going every year since he was in primary school. One memory he can recall is when he was on a hike and a bear popped out of the tall meadow grass.
Ms. Chan Dean of Students: Grades 3-5, Lower School
Ms. Cortes Monitor, Upper School
Ms. Cortes is a Monitor at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Her goal is to help students and to create a pleasant energy at the school. Ms. Cortes is pursuing her dream of becoming a social worker. She is currently enrolled in college and studying sociology and to become a certified Spanish translator. She is excited to be at BASIS Independent because of the dedicated staff and students that inhabit the school. She aspires to be just like them and apply their hardworking attitudes to her own role as Monitor. She welcomes the positive energy and challenge at the campus and feels very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful team. Ms. Cortes was born and raised in the Silicon Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, walking her dog Mona at the park, spending time with her family, and taking her son Mateo on different adventures. One things she loves to do every year is travel to Mexico to visit her grandparents.
Ms. Delgado Monitor, Upper School
Mr. Diaz College Counselor
Mr. Diaz received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona. He also considers his time as a United States Army Medical Specialist and as an overnight homeless shelter supervisor as important, formative experiences. Mr. Diaz has been fortunate to implement the BASIS curriculum in various cultural and socioeconomic populations; he is at BASIS Independent because he believes the BASIS curriculum works. Mr. Diaz’s teaching philosophy is based around the principles of Project-Based Learning, and if he had to describe himself in three educational theories, they would be Bloom’s taxonomy, Ausubel’s subsumption theory and Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development. He keeps students busy, knowing students are capable of great ideas, and he understands his role in facilitating a student’s approach toward those great ideas. The most important aspect in the classroom is compassion. A compassionate teacher remembers the struggle of being a student and behaves accordingly. Compassion results in thoughtful, well-planned lessons and a classroom environment respectful of a student’s humanity. When not at work, Mr. Diaz enjoys creating abstract and surrealistic paintings. He also enjoys studying project management and user experience design.
Mr. Farrell Director of Admissions
Mr. Farrell graduated from SUNY New Paltz where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business and a Minor in Asian Studies. He also studied abroad at Beijing University in Beijing, China. While completing his degree at New Paltz, he volunteered by helping international students as their English Language Partner. Mr. Farrell enjoyed learning about the different cultures and lifestyles of each student he supported while being able to expand his own cultural awareness. In 2013, he worked at a private international school in Taipei, Taiwan as a teacher and later as a Curriculum Manager. It was a great way to continue his experiences helping students reach their academic goals. At the same time, it provided wonderful insight on how to work within a multicultural environment. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2018, Mr. Farrell continued to support students as a private academic consultant in areas ranging from GPA maintenance, AP/SAT/ACT test preparation and college counseling. As Director of Admissions at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, his goal is to genuinely get to know each student and family in order to understand how we can support them in finding an academic path that suits each of their interests and motivations. Mr. Farrell chose BASIS Independent Silicon Valley because the school encourages students to raise the bar for themselves and has an amazing team of teachers and administration to help them achieve academic excellence. He feels that the school is also a great place to work given his international experience since we have students from all over the world, each with their own unique backgrounds. In his free-time, Mr. Farrell enjoys hiking, painting, and catching up with friends and family. Fun fact: He was the singer of a band in high school.
Mr. Ferguson Technology Manager
Mr. Ferguson studied a wide variety of topics at De Anza College in Cupertino. Subjects include Business, Calculus, Music, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Computer Aided Design, Programming, Linguistics, and more. He also completed Hope Corps, a ministry/missionary/leadership training program, in 2014. As the IT Coordinator at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, Mr. Ferguson keeps campus running, for both students and staff. As a young person, Mr. Ferguson was homeschooled from grade 4 through high school. “There were many blessings about this, but two things stand out above the rest,” he says. “First, I was given a love for learning and exploration. Learning became something that was not just relegated to certain hours of the day, but rather something that I was passionate about and pursued in my own time. The second blessing was that I was encouraged to pursue my interests, and to explore subjects I was passionate about.” Mr. Ferguson says, “BASIS Independent Silicon Valley has a unique atmosphere where I see these two concepts (among other great things) thriving daily. Our classrooms are a place where the teachers are passionate about the subjects they are teaching, and our students are passionate about the things they are learning.” As an avid traveler, he has been all around the United States and to multiple foreign countries. “The highlight of my travels thus far was a month-long trip in the summer of 2016, to the island of Roatan, Honduras. While there, I taught English in a tiny village school, helped build the church there, and made connections with the local people that will forever impact my life and worldview,” says Mr. Ferguson. He is also a total foodie, a certified scuba diver, a speaker of Spanish and Mandarin, a choir director, a songwriter, a rock climber, and an avid DIYer.
Ms. Filios College Counselor
Ms. Filios graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a double-major in English and Communication Arts. Not sure whether she wanted to pursue a film writing criteria, she met with her favorite high school English teacher who convinced her to give teaching a try. She then went on to Stanford University where she earned her Teaching Credential in English and a Master of Arts in Education. She has had the good fortune to have held a number of different educational positions while working at schools in the Bay Area. While at Saint Francis High School, she taught English, served as Director of Activities twice. She also served as the Director of College Counseling, in addition to moderating a wide variety of activities from cheerleading to the Teen Awareness Program. She then became principal at Saint Lawrence Academy where she served for 12 years before serving one year as Dean of Students at Magnolia Science Academy. Before coming to BISV, she worked at Valley International Academy, a small international high school in Saratoga, where she served as Head of School. Ms. Filios joined us as the Director of Academic Programs, and then transitioned to our College Counseling team. Working as a College Guidance Counselor is a job that she adores and she loves working in this student facing role. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, learning about colleges and universities, and spending time with her granddaughter Savannah. Many Saturday and Sundays are spent watching her granddaughter play goalie on her club soccer team.
Ms. Garcia Auxiliary Program Director, Upper School
Ms. Graves Associate Head of Operations, Upper School
Ms. Graves graduated cum laude from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. She then received a Master of Science in Exercise Science, Sport Management, also from the University of Louisiana-Monroe. While working on her undergraduate work, she was a four-year softball letter winner at, and was named to, the Sun Belt All-Tournament Team in 2015. In the classroom, she was named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List and the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll. Ms. Graves currently ranks in the top five in eight different categories in the ULM record book: innings pitched in a career (671.6), appearances in a career (133), strikeouts in a career (436), games started as a pitcher in a career (109), total wins (53), complete games in a career (61), total shutouts in a career (19), games started as a pitcher in a season (38). Ms. Graves believes that our students work extremely hard in and out of the classroom. Ms. Graves knew that she would be relocating to California and began researching primary and secondary schools in the Bay area. She was drawn to BASIS Independent because of the curriculum. Ms. Graves loves how BASIS Independent prepares students to be participants in the real world. Outside of the school, she enjoys cooking and doing anything outdoors. Ms. Graves loves to take her sweet pup Juno on walks and she also enjoys watching sports! An interesting fact, her mother is a native of Paris, France which allows her to have dual citizenship.
Mr. Henriquez Director of Student Affairs, Lower School
Mr. Henriquez has always had a passion to develop young leaders to impact their communities and world. His passion led him to study Youth Leadership and earn a Bachelor of Religious Education at West Coast Baptist College. Mr. Henriquez is thrilled to be the founding Director of Student Affairs at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Lower and utilize his experience, both in the classroom and as a Dean, to continue creating a challenging but exciting environment for his students to thrive in. Mr. Henriquez is committed to giving our Bobcats the tools and skills to become successful, well rounded, and involved citizens of our community and the world. He strongly believes that each student has the potential to achieve more than they might think with the right tools and support. A native Southern Californian and avid learner, Mr. Henriquez spends his free time reading, listening to audiobooks, podcasts and YouTube how-to’s, cooking, volunteering at his church, exploring beautiful landscapes to photograph, and cheering on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Some of his bucket list goals are to visit all 58 national parks, earn his pilot’s license and publish a coffee table book of his writing and photography.
Ms. Heraldez Monitor, Upper School
Mr. Hernandez Monitor, Upper School
Mr. Hernandez, a proud Bay Area native, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley community. After graduating from Yerba Buena High School, he continued his education at Evergreen College before embarking on a successful career in finance. With over thirty years as a Global Financial Analyst for major technology companies, Mr. Hernandez semi-retired in 2017 to prioritize quality time with his family and indulge in his passion for travel. However, his passion for working with students led him back to the workforce in 2023 as a Campus Monitor at BASIS Independent. As a campus monitor, Mr. Hernandez takes great pride in ensuring the safety and security of students, staff, and parents. His goal is to provide excellent support to all individuals he interacts with throughout his day at BASIS Independent. Believing in the value of excellence, Mr. Hernandez appreciates being part of a community that promotes premier education and offers exceptional opportunities to students across the Bay Area. Outside of his professional endeavors, Mr. Hernandez enjoys exploring the world alongside his wife of 40 years. Their recent international travels took them to Greece and Italy in 2019, and over the years, they have cherished their experiences in nine European countries. With two beautiful daughters and two adored granddaughters, Mr. Hernandez finds immense joy in spending quality time with his family. Being a “papa” has brought him the greatest happiness. In addition to his personal accomplishments, Mr. Hernandez shares a fascinating connection with his family—he is a twin, and there are eight sets of twins within his family!