Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
This Valentine’s Day,
We just want to say,
How much we appreciate you!
Everyone knows that teachers have the biggest hearts, especially BASIS Charter School teachers. Every day, they walk into their classrooms ready to teach advanced material, offer their support and guidance when needed, and inspire students to achieve success. We know that being a teacher is not easy, but the best of the best make a positive difference in their students’ lives—and those are exactly the kind of teachers we have at BASIS Charter Schools. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some of the many reasons why we love our teachers.
They care about their students' academic successes.
BASIS Charter School teachers believe that every student can succeed. They set high expectations, and motivate students to think critically, make interdisciplinary connections, and master advanced content. They tailor lessons to meet different learning styles and academic strengths, creating a classroom atmosphere of respect, accountability, and perseverance. BASIS Tucson North AP U.S. History and AP Research teacher Dr. John Rosinbum illustrates this stating, “Students will be eager to learn if you show them that you care about their learning and time. [They] respond to the culture of trust, mutual respect, and achievement, which I strive to build in my classroom.” Our teachers are committed to supporting their students and never hesitate to spend extra time helping them with difficult material.
They make learning fun.
Our teachers bring the BASIS Charter School Curriculum to life every day in their classrooms. They thoughtfully design rigorous and engaging lessons that hold students’ attention and help them master advanced content. As BASIS Baton Rouge Engineering & Technology teacher Amanda Pruett says, “I am helping my students learn to solve problems with their own ideas. I am building their self-confidence in being able to accomplish tasks with open-ended instructions.”
Check out these videos to see more ways our teachers bring creativity into the classroom:
- BASIS Oro Valley Primary students sing a song to remember helping verbs.
- BASIS San Antonio Primary North Central students do a math cakewalk.
They love what they teach.
Not only are BASIS Charter School teachers content experts, they also love the subjects they teach. This makes it easy for them to extend their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm to students. In turn, students are motivated to further explore concepts discussed during lessons—sometimes even outside of the classroom.
BASIS San Antonio Shavano English teacher Mark Petrie describes how it feels when he helps students find works that resonate with them, “When a student reads a book that I mentioned on their own and comes back to me and wants to talk about it— when a student becomes interested in exploring literature outside the classroom— that is the most rewarding element of what I do.” Our teachers even lead extracurricular clubs and activities related to their respective subjects or academic interests, inspiring students to love it as much as they do.
They have amazing school spirit.
Whether it’s supporting students with extracurricular activities; attending art showcases, band concerts, and other performances; or getting festive for different holidays, BASIS Charter School teachers are never too shy to show their school pride. Check out these videos illustrating how our teachers help build a positive school community:
- BASIS Scottsdale Primary East teachers join students in a holiday dance.
- BASIS Goodyear teachers dress up for Halloween.
They inspire students.
BASIS Charter School teachers are much more than just teachers. They are mentors, coaches, role models, and counselors. They encourage students to try their hardest and never give up. They are always cheering their students on, through the good times and the bad times, and are right there with them to celebrate their successes. As BASIS Oro Valley Sr. College Guidance Coordinator Adrienne Fluitt puts it, “The most rewarding part of my work is seeing students reach their goals. I can’t even describe how it feels to work closely with a student for many long months, and then see them receive a [college] acceptance offer to a school they dreamed of attending.”
Thank you, BASIS Charter School teachers, for putting your whole heart into teaching. Happy Valentine’s Day!