Head of School
Mr. Villafuerte attended San Diego State University on an academic scholarship majoring in mathematics with an emphasis in finance. Prior to becoming the Head of School at BASIS Phoenix, his previous experience includes working for a non-profit organization that specialized in micro-lending to small business owners in low-income areas. He admits to 'stumbling' upon BASIS and was astonished by the results and student achievement. He started teaching mathematics at BASIS Peoria in 2011 and helped open BASIS Phoenix the following year teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and AP Statistics. He then took over as the Director of Academic Programs at BASIS Phoenix helping guide the curriculum for his teachers and students. He recently served as the Head of School at BASIS Scottsdale Primary in their inaugural year. Although he will miss the little ones, he is happy to re-join the BASIS Phoenix community. In his free time, Mr. V enjoys playing basketball and is an advocate for health, nutrition and fitness.
Head of Operations
Cory Cyr (pronounced 'seer'), is the Head of Operations at BASIS Phoenix. He joined BASIS Phoenix after having worked as Head of Operations at BASIS Chandler in 2011 and as Director of New Charter School Development in 2012. Mr. Cyr was born and raised in Auburn, Maine. He relocated to Arizona in 2010 after completing his undergraduate studies, earning a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Maine. In his free time, Mr. Cyr enjoys working out, watching football, and playing with his three cats: Maddie, Olie, and Sir Isaac Newton.
Director of Student Affairs
Ms. Mumaw joined BASIS Phoenix in 2012 as Academic Support Coordinator. As Academic Support Coordinator, Ms. Mumaw monitored and provided support for students struggling academically or organizationally. When she became Dean of Students, an element of discipline was added to her already impressive skillset. With this great foundation, Ms. Mumaw is excited to be working even more closely with her students. As Director for grades 5-7, she will be monitoring various aspects of student life, such as Academic Support and tutoring, to help them feel successful both as students and as individuals. Ms. Mumaw will continue working with students on study/organizational skills as well as time management techniques and self-regulated learning. Throughout her time at BASIS, Ms. Mumaw has also taught Egyptian style dance during WorldFest, and American Sign Language during Project Week!
Director of Academic Programs
Ms. Terry is a native of Phoenix and brings well over a decade of education and administration experience to our school and students. She has obtained a B.A. in English Literature with a Minor in Political Science from Arizona State University; M.F.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from Arizona State University. She has, in fact, been working on our campus for most of the past year helping our administration. Coming most recently from BASIS Phoenix Central, where she served as interim Head of School, and BASIS Peoria, where she served as the Director of Student Affairs, she's excited to now get to work with our wonderful students as Director of Academic Programs at BASIS Phoenix.