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.
Mr. Alexis Facilities Coordinator, Lower School
Mr. Alexis is a Facilities Coordinator at our Lower School campus. He has supported our Cubs since the new campus opened in 2021.
Mrs. Amore Front Office Coordinator, Upper School
Mrs. Amore is a Front Office Coordinator at BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s Upper School Campus. Her goal is to be a welcoming presence to all students, parents, faculty, and visitors, and to be a positive representation of the BASIS Independent Brooklyn family. Mrs. Amore was very impressed with the team she met during the interview process. “I did not know very much about BASIS Independent Brooklyn at the time, but the more I researched and learned about the school, the more I wanted to be a part of the team.” Mrs. Amore graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) with a Bachelor of Science degree. When not on campus, Mrs. Amore is a member of a local Christian rock band as a singer and guitarist. The band sings at select services throughout (the Roman Catholic churches of) Brooklyn and Queens. Mrs. Amore also enjoys travelling with her husband, especially visiting the different regions in Italy.
Mr. Beall Curriculum Coordinator Assistant
Mr. Beall joined our Academic Programs team at BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s Upper School campus after overseeing our Middle School Debate Team last year. Mr. Beall oversees scheduling as a Curriculum Coordinator Assistant. He also runs our International Relations afterschool club.
Ms. Beharry Academic Programs Manager, Lower School
Ms. Kristine has been in the education field for over seven years. She has now joined our BASIS Independent Lower School team as Academic Program Manager. Throughout her experience in the education field, she has worked as a counselor, teacher and administrator. This position is a great step in her career as she continues to help students achieve their goals and foster an environment where they can thrive. Ms. Kristine graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology and sociology. In addition, she graduated summa cum laude from Long Island University with a master’s degree in education. Ms. Kristine chose BASIS Independent because as an educator, she is committed to a curriculum that strives on content knowledge, critical thinking and self-advocacy skills that students need to achieve academic and lifelong success. Outside of school, Ms. Kristine resides in Queens, NY, where she was born and raised. She is a mother to a little girl who will join BASIS Independent Schools once she reaches school age. In her free time, Ms. Kristine loves to travel with her daughter, fiancé, and her four sisters.
Ms. Bono Director of Student Affairs, Upper School
Ms. Bono is currently the Director of Student Affairs for the Primary Program at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. Previously, she spent several years as the Dean of Students in the Primary Program. She has been teaching for nine years in many grades ranging from kindergarten to grade 5. For the past four years, Ms. Bono has taught first-grade Humanities at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. She was also the Subject Adviser for BASIS Independent Schools for both first and second-grade Humanities. Ms. Bono attended the University of South Florida where she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with endorsements in reading and English for speakers of other languages. She continued her studies at the University of South Florida where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. She earned her master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education involving working with a wide range of students. “I am honored to be a part of the amazing BASIS Independent Brooklyn team and transition to a Director role within the administration,” said Ms. Bono. “During the last few years, I have proudly watched my former students develop into curious young scholars. I am excited to continue to support them in my new role as Director of Student Affairs.” In her free time, Ms. Bono likes to play in the park with her husband and Australian Shepherd. She also loves visiting her family in Florida and keeping up with her classical singing.
Mr. Brauch College Counselor
Mr. Brauch brings with him not only years of experience helping students through the college application process but also first-hand experience with elite colleges and universities. He graduated from Harvard University with his master’s degree in education and received his bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College. Upon graduation from Harvard, Mr. Brauch moved to China to teach academic writing and composition at a top university. After teaching, Mr. Brauch accepted an opportunity to counsel Chinese students on their college options, working on a cross-cultural team and meeting with students from various high schools to guide them through the college application process. In the United States, he has worked as the College Counselor at the Latin School of Chicago, and most recently, as an Academic Advisor and Assistant Director of Admissions at International Education Opportunities, an organization that helps bring and support international students as they transition to U.S. independent and Catholic high schools along the East Coast. Through his most recent position, prior to joining BASIS Independent Brooklyn, Mr. Brauch met one-on-one with various students daily to speak about their assignments and course selection. He also provided additional college counseling support to international students and expertise to independent school counselors who were unfamiliar with international students as they relate to and are evaluated in the college process. Mr. Brauch was attracted to BASIS Independent Brooklyn for several reasons, namely the mantra of “Education Redefined.” He explains, “BASIS Independent Schools are unique in that they provide an extremely rigorous academic environment for students to challenge themselves and excel past the barriers of a traditional American education. At the same time, our school in Brooklyn also maintains and promotes a very supportive and collaborative environment in which to grow and learn.” Mr. Brauch brings his individualized approach to BASIS Independent Brooklyn, working with students one-on-one to learn about their collegiate and post-collegiate aspirations and helping to make the college process less arduous. “I am very excited to learn about students as they develop their interests and help guide them as they take the first steps towards researching and applying for college,” he says.
Ms. Brown Health Coordinator, Upper School
We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Tia Brown to our Health Office at the Upper School campus. She joins us with 14 years of experience in pediatrics, and she loves working with children. Ms. Brown is very excited to work with all our Bears. You can reach Ms. Brown through our Health Office email at email@example.com.
Ms. Burton Health Coordinator, Lower School
Ms. Burton joins our Lower School Campus as a Medical Office Coordinator. She graduated from New York University and continued her studies at NYU to obtain a master’s degree in public health. Ms. Burton shared that her goal is to care for the health and wellness of children. She also plans to collaborate with faculty to promote student health and well-being and connecting with parents to address the health needs of their children during the school day.
Ms. Cameron Director of Student Affairs, Upper School
Ms. Cameron is the Director of Affairs for the Middle School Program at our Red Hook campus. Previously, she was the Director of our Primary Program after serving as the Dean of Students. With roots in the classroom, Ms. Cameron started at our school as a second-grade Learning Expert Teacher. Ms. Cameron is very excited to grow within this prestigious learning institution’s leadership. She looks forward to continuing to share her ideas and goals toward education and literacy with staff and students. Ms. Cameron has been educating young minds for nearly two decades. She obtained her master’s degree in education in 2014. She has enjoyed working with varying age groups and helping students achieve academic success. Her strong belief in early literacy led her to begin a Saturday Enrichment Program which assisted students in reaching their academic potential and working at an accelerated pace. Ms. Cameron believes: “If you introduce a child to literacy at an early age, he or she will make great strides in all academic areas. For reading is the key to all understanding.”
Ms. Campbell Auxiliary Program Coordinator, Upper School
Ms. Campbell is an Auxiliary Monitor at BASIS Independent Brooklyn Upper School campus. She helps oversee Bear Care, afterschool programming, and events in partnership with Ms. Repetto.
Ms. Chery Associate Director of Admissions
Ms. Chery is the Associate Director of Admissions at BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s Upper School campus. For the past six years, she worked for The City University of New York as an Admissions Counselor. Ms. Chery graduated Summa Cum Laude from City College CUNY with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Currently, she is enrolled at Baruch College for her master’s degree in public administration. She aims to complete her master’s degree in the spring of 2024. Ms. Chery chose BASIS Independent Brooklyn because of its unique approach to academics. “I strongly believe that with a strong foundation and support children can amaze us with all that they can do. BASIS Independent Brooklyn shares that same value and creates a challenging academic experience for our students while providing exceptional support and a fostering environment.” In Ms. Chery’s free time, she enjoys traveling and snuggling with her dog.
Ms. De Leon Director of Student Affairs, Lower School
Ms. De Leon was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She received the Gates Millennium scholarship and attended Brown University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in elementary teaching. After twelve years teaching and curriculum consulting, Ms. De Leon decided to transition to administration as the Director of Student Affairs at the Lower School Campus. As Director of Student Affairs for the Lower Campus, her goal is to cultivate productive and positive relationships with teachers and families so that all students can achieve at their highest levels. “At our Lower Campus, every moment that the kiddos are working in their classrooms they are deepening their curiosity, building their resiliency, and thinking critically about their world. This strong foundation sets them on a path to not just be personally successful but also to be a part of the success of their global community. I am eager to be a part of their journey and support them at every stage of accomplishing their goals.” Outside the classroom, Ms. De Leon enjoys running half marathons, biking around all the boroughs, and exploring all the cultural spaces that New York City has to offer with her husband and two children. Outside the classroom, Ms. De Leon enjoys running half marathons, biking around all the boroughs, and exploring all the cultural spaces that New York City has to offer with her husband and two children.
Ms. DeCrosta Associate Head of Operations, Lower School
Ms. DeCrosta is the Associate Head of Operations BASIS Independent Brooklyn’s Lower School campus. Her goal in this role is to build upon the existing safe and welcoming environment at the Lower School and enrich the experience through the school years to come for students, faculty, and staff. Ms. DeCrosta graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban planning and architecture along with journalism and mass communication. Ms. DeCrosta felt the Director of Operations role was a great fit for the next step in her career, as she worked as a Real Estate developer and operator throughout the New York Metro Area from 2005 to 2020. She was formerly a member of the development executive team that constructed and operated City Point, which is now home to our Lower School Campus. Outside of school, Ms. DeCrosta is a long-time resident of Carroll Gardens who enjoys stopping by the local farmers market alongside her two daughters and husband. She spends much of her personal time at Prospect Park, as she is an active board member of the Prospect Park Alliance.
Ms. Forde Director of Student Affairs, Upper School
Ms. Forde graduated from Williams College with her bachelor’s degree in history and classics, and she was honored as a Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellow during her years on campus. She received her master’s degree from the University of London and her post-baccalaureate from Bryn Mawr College. She also pursued coursework ranging from anatomy to cellular and molecular biology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Medical School, and Georgetown. After obtaining her degrees, Ms. Forde worked in clinical research at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. She co-authored two research publications on anxiety while at the university. After a few years in the clinical research setting, Ms. Forde decided to switch careers to education. Ms. Forde previously worked directly with elementary and middle school students on their reading literacy and mathematics ability in preparation for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program. Later she focused on literacy coaching for 6th and 8th grade students with the ExpandEd schools system, a nonprofit dedicated to its mission of closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched education experiences. Her work with ExpandEd involved improving reading comprehension, facilitating student discussion, and developing critical thinking skills. At this time, she also began to enjoy leading afterschool clubs, including Yearbook. Most recently, Ms. Forde coordinated, developed, and facilitated interactive workshops and activities for Global Kids while continuing her work as a literacy coach for 6th and 8th grade students. Ms. Forde joined BASIS Independent Brooklyn because she is passionate about instilling the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to develop young individuals into successful adults who make key contributions to the world. Since 2017, she has led middle school World History classes and in 2019, a senior Capstone Class on the History of Medicine. Ms. Forde also leads the Model UN team on campus. When not in class, Ms. Forde enjoys knitting, traveling, baking, and creating puzzles.
Ms. Goldfarb Director of Communications
Ms. Goldfarb’s passion for communications is exceeded only by her love for a school she has come to adore as a parent. She spent more than 20 years leading communications programs for some of the largest healthcare brands in the world at top New York City public relations agencies. Ms. Goldfarb also served as Parent Association president of her daughters’ elementary school before transferring them to BASIS Independent Brooklyn. That volunteer position gave her insight into ways smart, creative communications could help strengthen a community of parents, teachers, and administrators. Ms. Goldfarb began her career at WPP’s Ogilvy Public Relations followed by Cohn and Wolfe, where she rose from Senior Associate to the level of Senior Vice President/Group Director of the Healthcare Practice. She was offered the chance later in her career at Biosector 2 to co-lead the largest account in the healthcare public relations industry at the time. The account took her team across the country educating people on COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Ms. Goldfarb and her agency teams won PR Week’s “Healthcare Campaign of the Year” in 2011 (Biosector2 for DRIVE4COPD) for that account in addition to many other industry honors. She had also won that award in 2001 while at Cohn & Wolfe for the “Allegra-Everest Expedition.” Prior to changing professional focus to grow BASIS Independent Schools in New York City, Ms. Goldfarb ran her own communications consultancy focused on healthcare, consumer, and non-profit clients. “My desire to lead up communications at BASIS Independent Brooklyn comes from my experience with the school as a parent. Both my daughters come home inspired by their teachers daily. The teachers at the school and the curriculum are second to none. I want to help BASIS Independent Schools take root here in NYC, so other families can benefit from the difference in instruction offered.” Ms. Goldfarb earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Duke University graduating cum laude.
Mr. Goldman Dean of Students, Upper School
Mr. Goldman attended Boston University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in American history and continuing his study of history and education at the graduate level, earning a Masters of Arts in teaching in social studies education. Since college, he has presented original research at the International Country Music Conference at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and published articles on U.S. History. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to support our high school students and school community in my new capacity as dean this year. In my A.P. U.S. History course, I remain deeply committed to the exploration of inclusive narratives and strive to engage my students in relevant, rigorous, and analytical work to give them the skills and knowledge base necessary to play an active role in shaping our society and political discourse,” says Mr. Goldman. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Goldman was a recording and touring artist for a half-decade with the band Steel Train. He had the privilege of working and traveling with many talented friends and artists—once even filming a music video in Hawaii. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Goldman can now be found proudly pushing a stroller through the streets of Brooklyn with his wife and son.