Jennifer Higgins most recently served as the Director of the Middle School Program at BASIS Scottsdale. Prior to that, she served as a grade 3 Math and Science Subject Expert Teacher and a grade 4 Science Subject Expert Teacher at BASIS Tucson Primary. In addition to teaching, Ms. Higgins also supported curriculum development and mentored other teachers as a grade 4–5 Subject Advisor.
Before coming to BASIS Charter Schools, Ms. Higgins owned and operated a strength and conditioning facility, designing strength programs for high school athletes. She also holds a BA in Anthropology and Geology from Bowdoin College and an MS in Geology, spending her early career as a consulting geologist for a geotechnical and environmental engineering firm in Boston.
Ms. Higgins is incredibly excited to work with all the teachers, students, and families at our Austin schools to support the transformation of young students into exceptionally accomplished thinkers.
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Seth Shaffer, our Director of Middle School Programs at BASIS Austin, is excited to be serving in this role as a support for our students, families, and teachers. His journey with BASIS Charter Schools began in 2016, and until 2021 he taught classes including Engineering, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts as a Subject Expert Teacher. Mr. Shaffer was nominated and honored to receive the Mathnasium Teacher of the month award in Arizona for outstanding teaching in the classroom and dedication to his students at BASIS Chandler Primary North. Additional to his teaching, he served as the developer and advisor of the curriculum for the Engineering Design classes at BASIS Phoenix Central for their Arts Element.
Mr. Shaffer earned a Master of Fine Arts in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut. His thesis project received international recognition and was published about in Puppetry International and The Puppetry Journal. Mr. Shaffer performed this award-winning one-man show at the National Puppetry Conference, the National Puppetry Festival, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, and the Detroit Institute of Art. Upon completing his tour, Mr. Shaffer wrote The Dick Myers Project; a book detailing the process of his thesis project, which was then published by Charlamagne Press. Additionally, he earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre Performance and Film Production from The University of Toledo as well as an Associates of Art in Photography and an Associates of Science in Botany from Northwest State Community College.
As the Director of Middle School Programs, Mr. Shaffer is honored to be a positive support and mentor for the teachers, students, and for our families. In this role, Mr. Shaffer’s goal is to continue to build a warm and inviting culture where students can grow creatively, emotionally, academically, and socially.