Educators with academic degrees in the disciplines they teach, whether calculus or 1st grade Mandarin, have a passion for their subjects that no teacher training can provide. We hire the country's brightest – and most promising – minds who are committed to sharing their subject matter expertise with students. While many have been teaching for years in college preparatory or university settings, some are leaping into a new career, leaving a research lab or corporate job to share their experience and applied knowledge with BASIS Independent students. Over 70% of BASIS.ed teachers have a Master's degree or higher in their subject.
We have a variety of specialist educators in our classrooms:
Subject Expert Teachers (SETs): Present in all classes 1st - 12th grades, these teachers are the shepherds of academic content in our classrooms. Their focus is ensuring high-level mastery.
Learning Expert Teachers (LETs): Present in most 1st - 4th grade classes, these teachers are masters of the learning process. Their focus is on ensuring that the SETs are reaching each and every child in the class. They also play a lead role in literacy as well as Connections classes.
Teaching Fellows (TFs): These invaluable educators play a role across all grades, acting as support to a SET of a particular discipline and/or grade level. Typically early on in their career, they are teachers in training under the mentorship of a more experienced educator. They are also often the shepherds of our Student Support services, building rapport with students before they have a very class of their own.
Kindergarten Expert Teachers (KETs): Present only in Kindergarten classrooms, KETs are responsible for delivering most content to students and bringing pedagogical expertise to the classroom, with the consistent support of a Teaching Fellow.
Early Learning Teachers (ELTs) and Early Learning Specialists (ELSs): Present exclusively in the Early Learning Program, ELTs are the Early Learning equivalent of LETs and ELSs are the Early Learning equivalent of SETs. The key differentiator is demonstrated expertise and experience in early childhood education.